Marighella (2019)

Facing a violent military dictatorship and an intimidated opposition, writer-turned-politician Carlos Marighella articulates a resistance all the while ousting heinous crimes of torture and the infamous censorship instituted by the regime.


Wagner Moura
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Credited cast:
Ana Paula Bouzas Ana Paula Bouzas ... Maria
Bella Camero Bella Camero ... Bella
Herson Capri ... Jorge Salles
Humberto Carrão ... Humberto
Tuna Dwek Tuna Dwek ... Ieda
Adriana Esteves ... Clara
Guilherme Ferraz Guilherme Ferraz ... Guilherme
Bruno Gagliasso ... Lúcio
Seu Jorge ... Carlos Marighella
Guilherme Lopes Guilherme Lopes ... Crespo
Rafael Lozano Rafael Lozano ... Rafael
Maria Marighella Maria Marighella ... Elza Sento Sé
Wagner Moura ... (voice)
Kako Nollasco Kako Nollasco ... Clóvis
Charles Paraventi Charles Paraventi ... Bob


1969. Marighella had no time for fear. On the one hand, a violent military dictatorship. On the other, an intimidated left. Alongside, revolutionaries 30 years younger than him and willing to fight, the revolutionary leader opted for action. In Wagner Moura's,"Marighella," Brazil's number one enemy attempts to articulate a resistance all the while ousting the heinous crimes of torture and the infamous censorship instituted by the oppressive regime. In a radical face off, he fights for a people whose support is uncertain - all the while trying to a keep the promise of reuniting with his son - who he distanced himself from in order to protect.

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Release Date:

2020 (Brazil) See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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O2 Filmes, Globo Filmes See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Marighella was a guerrilla who was a very controversial figure as he was an extremist; it's still a discussion whether his decision to face the dictatorship with an armed struggle was right. Moura stated he sees it as a complicated matter indeed but finds it really hard to judge the decision these people took back when they didn't have any democratic options. See more »

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Must watch, specially during the current Brazilian political crisis
12 June 2019 | by vana-vana-vanaSee all my reviews

Had the pleasure of watching this movie during 2019's Sydney Film Festival, followed by a Q&A with director Wagner Moura.

Even though it's a long film (2h35), it keeps you on the edge of your set for the entire time. Extremely well written and a fenomenal effort from first time director Wagner Moura, "Marighella" manages to draw a bit of laughter despite dealing with heavy and dark subjects (the brazilian dictatorship years).

Seu Jorge, as per usual, gives the audience a fantastic performance, overshadowing weak and tacky acting from some of his peers, like Bruno Gagliasso.

Moura made the conscious decision of focusing the narrative on the characters personal nuances and lives, instead of delving into historical details about the dictatorship period. The director had the help of Marighella's relatives during the production.

"Marighella" also invites us to reflect about the use of violence during revolutions - is it or is it not necessary? Can we really be the judges of that?

The last scene of the movie gave me shivers. In Brazil's current grim political and social crisis, this movie is an absolute must watch for everyone who still denies the horrors of totalitarian regimes.

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