A psychedelic Brazilian musical with much of the esthetics of Cinema Novo and Tropicalismo; feels a bit like a Brazilian, more modest (and linear) version of “El Topo”. The music is what really shines here; one of the stars (the narrator, featured in the posters above) is now famous musician Alceu Valença.
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Conception / A Concepção (2005) José Eduardo Belmonte, Juliano Cazarré, Milhem Cortaz, Murilo Grossi, Drama
A group of bored well-off young adults come up with anarchic concept of Conceptionism, that promotes absolute looseness when it comes to sex and drugs, but total rejection of money and ego. However, their movement won’t last long.
Brisas do Amor (1982) Alfredo Sternheim, Luiz Carlos Braga, Carlos Capeletti, Célia Coutinho, Drama, Erotic
Two actresses and politician traveling and staying in the same hotel, but each has a distinct purpose.
Contra Todos / Up Against Them All (2004) Roberto Moreira, Leona Cavalli, Sílvia Lourenço, Ailton Graça, Crime, Drama
“Contra Todos” is a story about the lies, treachery and vengeance of a middle-class family living on the outskirts of São Paulo. Four characters try desperately to change their lives, but are unable to escape their destiny.
Day breaks on the eighth floor in a suburban neighbourhood of Lisbon and 14-year-old Bruno’s grandfather is still in hospital. Doctors give him only a few days to live. The imminence of death and the void that it will leave force Bruno to become the man of the house, where he lives with his mother Mónica, who is in her 30s, and his three-year-old sister Érica.
Cats Have No Vertigo / Os Gatos não Têm Vertigens (2014) António-Pedro Vasconcelos, Maria do Céu Guerra, João Jesus, Fernanda Serrano, Comedy, Drama
An 18 year old boy with a complicated life starts a criminal career but ends up on a rooftop of Lisbon. On the apartment below lives a recently widowed, lonely old lady. Against all odds and her family’s will, they become each others best company.
Carnaval Atlântida (1952) José Carlos Burle, Carlos Manga, Oscarito, Grande Otelo, Cyl Farney, Musical, Comedy
The famous Brazilian producer Cecílio B. De Milho wants to produce an epic about Helen of Troy. He hires the great professor of Greek history Xenofontes to write the screenplay, but his family and crew wants to make a Brazilian musical comedy. Meanwhile, a fake count wants to marry his nephew to be the lead actor of Helen of Troy.
So Hard to Forget / Como Esquecer (2010) Malu De Martino, Ana Paula Arósio, Murilo Rosa, Natália Lage, Drama
Julia is a 35-year-old English Literature teacher struggling with depression as she tries to get her life back together again after her long, intense love affair with Antonia. Feeling totally abandoned after she and her enigmatic girlfriend broke up, Julia is thrown into a desperate, painful process.
Boi Neon / Neon Bull (2015) Gabriel Mascaro, Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Josinaldo Alves, Drama
Iremar works at the “Vaquejadas”, a rodeo in the North East of Brazil where two men on horseback try bring down a bull by grabbing its tail. It’s dusty and back-breaking work, but Iremar is a natural vaqueiro feeding, prepping and taking care of the bulls.
Lá Fora / Outside (2004) Fernando Lopes, Alexandra Lencastre, Rogério Samora, Maria João Abreu, Drama
Laura works as a newscaster and José Maria as a stockbroker, and while they live in the same housing complex, their lives never cross directly. Nevertheless, he watches her from a distance, seeing all her movements without her knowledge. But their lives finally meet when he is invited onto her news program. From there, a romance begins which coincides with the desire of two beings who finally find a reason to seek love once again.