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Twenty two years ago, an arid, volcanic and island paradise nestled in the middle of the South Atlantic, a nine year old boy was separated from his sister. The mother, fearful of a ... See full summary »

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Lírio Ferreira
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel de Oliveira Daniel de Oliveira ... Zolah / Pedro
Caroline Abras ... Raquel
Sandra Corveloni ... Rosa
Rômulo Braga Rômulo Braga ... Cangulo
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Gaetan
Milhem Cortaz ... Inox
Laura Ramos ... Teorema
Lívia Falcão Lívia Falcão ... Zanoia
Servílio de Holanda Servílio de Holanda ... Cuscuz
Glicério Rosário Glicério Rosário ... Camarão
Armando Babaioff Armando Babaioff ... Benigno
Ruy Guerra ... Mumbebo
Paulo César Peréio Paulo César Peréio ... Kaleb
Brenda Lígia Brenda Lígia ... Jandira
Stefano Catarinelli Stefano Catarinelli ... Sombra
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Twenty two years ago, an arid, volcanic and island paradise nestled in the middle of the South Atlantic, a nine year old boy was separated from his sister. The mother, fearful of a forbidden attraction between them, decides to send his son, not daughter, for the continent. The boy was taken by Kaleb, the rider of an old circus, passing by the island. On the mainland, Kaleb instructed the boy in circus arts and spirit, where the former islet became Zolah the Bullet Man. BLUE BLOOD begins when Zolah and the circus back to paradise. The circus is established as an island within an island, and the most solitary of these isles Zolah himself, a beautiful man who seduces everyone and everything, yet remains deeply lonely, because he could not love anyone. BLUE BLOOD is a film about the sea, the circus and the impossibility of love.

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Brazil

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Portuguese

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4 June 2015 (Brazil) See more »

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Blaues Blut See more »

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1.85 : 1
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The film is shot in the island of Fernando de Noronha, in Brazil See more »

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A Desconhecida
Written by Fernando Mendes & Fernando Augusto
Performed by Fernando Mendes
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Semi-documentary about semi-heavenly island and circus. Nice landscapes above and below sea level, and beautiful people. Misses a real plot so no Drama and neither a Mystery
6 February 2015 | by JvH48See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Berlinale 2015, where it was shown at the first evening as an alternative to the sold-out main opening event. The plot that was promised on the festival website, actually disappeared under the landscapes and the beautiful people, at least I could not discover anything dramatic in the proceedings. The son who was sent away when he was young, meeting his sister who was left behind with the mother, their reunion could turn into a heavy drama while wondering what problem the mother wanted to solve 22 years ago. Alas, I missed it completely, possibly too much distracted by the overwhelming images of island and sea and people. The two hours running time would have been sufficient to cover the issues at hand very profoundly, but it did not happen at all.

There were a lot of "gimmicks" added to the movie, most of them just for the sake of it, at least that is my impression. Firstly, why do we see a Teorema in this story appear, if only to refer to a well known classic (Pasolini 1968)?? Secondly, why starting in B&W, to change later on to color (explanation: to emphasize that the island we see is not heaven, though it looks like it). Thirdly, a few times we see the camera upside down. Neither of the explanations given during the Q&A were clarifying, just adding to the feeling that it were indeed gimmicks to impress the audience.

Nice view of the landscapes on the island and ditto under water. Nice to see how a circus tent is being set up in spite of stormy weather. We see the people on the island, and we witness many circus performances (different each time) while the circus is staying on the island for several days in a row. We also saw many men sleep (or not) with different women, but I did not count whether the couples belonged together or just were one-night's. We also saw a couple where the man was denied sex several times, and we saw him openly help himself. And, finally, we saw a men inviting an other man to have sex with him, and they did without much hesitation. Since I was not sure it was important for the plot (if any), I did not keep track who had sex with who, so it merely confused me without adding to the story line.

There were four chapters plus an epilogue (Sin's legend), but I thought it merely adding to aforementioned list of gimmicks than supporting the structure of the drama (if any). Anyway, the whole movie drags on too long, and too little happens to keep our attention to the promised drama. I did not identify myself with any of the protagonists, but maybe I'm not the standard target group for this type of movie. Yet, to end with a positive note, beautiful to watch the people in their homes and in a sort of community hall, as well as the impressive landscapes above and under sea level. Label it as a documentary, and we would have been impressed by the camera work, showcasing some sort of heaven on earth.


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