Two businessmen, Ivan and Gilberto, have their partner killed by a hitman who then blackmails them to gain control of their company. Ivan and Gilberto, part of the upper class, are dismayed at the entry of the hitman’s ghetto behavior and attitudes into their privileged sphere. Additionally, the hitman, in search of further riches, seduces the wealthy daughter of the partner he killed.
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Madame Satã (2002) Karim Aïnouz, Lázaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui, Biography, Crime, Drama
A story inspired by the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos–better known as Madame Satã–was also a notorious gay performer who pushed social boundaries in a volatile time. The story begins in 1932, in Rio de Janeiro’s bohemian Lapa district, when João Francisco is about to achieve his dream: becoming a stage star. In the sordid yet lively world of Lapa–populated by pimps, prostitutes and other denizens of Rio’s underworld–João battles the streets and presides over a surrogate family that includes the charming prostitute Laurita, and her baby daughter whom everyone dotes on; the flamboyant hustler Taboo; João’s teenage lover, Renatinho; and Amador, the owner of the Blue Danube club which is their second home. It is at the Blue Danube that street tough João begins to sing, and the mythic drag…
Mudar de vida / Change One’s Life (1966) Paulo Rocha, Geraldo Del Rey, Isabel Ruth, Maria Barroso, Drama
After a stint in the army fighting in Angola, a soldier comes home to find his sweetheart has married his brother. He makes advances towards his sister-in-law, but she turns him down. Discouraged, the man meets a new girlfriend who vows to escape the town’s crushing poverty even if she has to steal. The two begin a relationship but the film does not indicate what their future may hold
After a restless night HE is awoken by his doorbell insistently ringing. Through the peephole he sees a STRANGER. He doesn’t know why that man is there, but is immediately certain of one thing: he represents a terrible threat. HE quickly dresses and manages to sneak away, no doubt in his mind that the STRANGER is pursuing him, and that the nightmare has only just begun.
O Signo da Cidade / The Sign of the City (2007) Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Bruna Lombardi, Malvino Salvador, Juca de Oliveira, Drama
While stars and planets move through the sky of São Paulo, randomly shooting their magic, men and women ask what will become of their dreams and desires. Gil is married and alone. Lydia flirts with danger. Josialdo was born to be a woman. Mônica just wants to do well in life. In her night radio show where she answers anonymous listeners, the astrologer Teca sees herself between her own problems and the wishes of others. Little by little, fate weaves everyone together in its own web. In the struggle to break their isolation and find the way to redemption, these people will discover the transforming power of solidarity.
Falsa Loura / Fake Blond (2007) Carlos Reichenbach, Rosanne Mulholland, Cauã Reymond, Maurício Mattar, Comedy, Drama
Tapete Vermelho / Red Carpet (2005) Luís Alberto Pereira, Jackson Antunes, Paulo Betti, Rosi Campos, Comedy
Quinzinho (Matheus Nachtergaele) has a promise to keep: take your child, Neco (Vinicius Miranda), to the city to watch a movie Mazzaropi. They live in a small farm in São Paulo. In this odyssey by the cities of São Paulo, he also leads his wife Zulmira (Gorete Miracles), which part unwillingly, and the donkey Policarpo. On the journey, they find regional peculiarities and undergo magical situations, related to popular belief.
Garotas do ABC (2003) Carlos Reichenbach, Michelle Valle, Vanessa Alves, Natália Lorda, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A large factory in Brazil is having problems with its workers and their union, just as the workers are having their problems with the factory bosses. In order to make their grievances heard, the workers decide to go out on strike against the plant. This action divides a family — the son opts for working within the system and not joining the strikers, the father was the union organizer who got the strike together in the first place. His ideals are so strong that he had been jailed for them earlier. The strike is broken in the end, and the young man is vilified by his wife — who leaves him, and by his father — who disowns him, and by the other workers. As the father goes off to participate in a funeral of one of the strikers killed by the police, the son is left to ponder the consequences of his actions, and to reconsider whether he was completely justified in his stance.
The strange friendship between two men of opposite social classes. Miguel is a senator. His childhood friend Jorge is a major drug-dealer. In the 1970s, they meet in prison: Miguel was there for political reasons, and Jorge, as a common criminal.