Tag Archives: Portuguese

Disrupting harmony: “O Lobo atrás da Porta” [2013 Brazil]

Director Fernando Coimbra’s promising feature-film début “O Lobo atrás da Porta” [Eng. Title: Wolf at the Door] starts as a suspense-thriller but pretty quickly veers off into a drama. Set against the backdrop of down-town Rio de Janeiro, the … Continue reading

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That stench, of a rotting world… “Baixio das Bestas” [2006 Brazil]

So exclaims Heitor to his neighbour and friend Mario, referring to falling standards of honour and respect within society. He ticks off a ‘permissive’ culture with ‘loose morals’, and castigates skimpily clad hostesses appearing on TV. He alleges that these occurrences are … Continue reading

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A review: “Crime Delicado” [Beto Brant, 2005 Brazil]

Beto Brant, whose films hitherto were mainly crime thrillers (including the very exceptional O Invasor), breaks genre and ventures into the unknown with his fragmented and stylistic exploration of love, sex, and art, through the drama “Crime Delicado” [Eng. … Continue reading

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A review: “Hotel Atlântico” [2009 Brazil]

I ordered the DVD of Suzana Amaral’s most recent film “Hotel Atlântico” based on my experience watching her first film, the extraordinary A Hora da Estrela. It didn’t disappoint. Would you believe – the octogenarian has made only … Continue reading

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A brief review: “Bonitinha Mas Ordinária” [2013 Brazil]

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Moacyr Góes tries to update Nelson Rodrigues’ torrid play “Bonitinha Mas Ordinária” [Eng. Title: Pretty, but Ordinary] for the twenty first century, but one couldn’t help wondering whether it was a futile exercise…
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It’s a tragic story of seventeen year … Continue reading

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