Day 124: Brazilian Cinema

Last night, Day 124 of my challenge to do more that is Brazilian, I went to my first Brazilian film in a theater in Brazil.

We saw Xingu, a fabulous film about the three activist brothers, Claudio, Leonardo & Orlando Villas Boas, who explored the Amazon and tried to save the indigenous people from those that were exploiting the land.

One of the interesting things about the film, and I’m guessing other Brazilian films, is at the beginning they spend a minute or two just displaying the logos of all the companies that participated and invested in the film. I wonder if this is a good incentive for companies to invest in production… also the government agencies appear to be involved as well.

Obviously, the film was in Portuguese and without subtitles. About a third way into the film, I understood that the big, bad guys were the Americans, raping and pillaging the land, killing the natives. I started to get a little nervous. It’s kind of like being the only German in a theater showing “The Pianist” and suddenly realizing the film is not about music. But no, later my husband explained that the Americans just wanted the Brazilians to build a military base there, and the Brazilians were the bad guys burning villages and slaughtering  natives. Whew.

Anyway, I’m proud of myself for not falling asleep and getting most of the story. I would definitely recommend the film for some Amazon history, a great story and excellent cinematography.

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20 Responses to Day 124: Brazilian Cinema

  1. Michel says:

    Hey, it is a good deal because the companies can make a reduction on their taxes, so it doesnt cost them anything.

  2. New challenge for you and hubby: watch movie where Americans and teuto-brasileiros (new vocab for the day: again, sorry for being a geek) run a death squad which targets in puppies.
    Btw loved the Pianist reference. Lol. I thought it was about Brazilian plumbers specialized in sinks ( new vocab + grittjoke combo). De nada.

  3. Those brazilian movies are socialist as f…, they are funded by the Goverment and State Companies! Brazilians actually hate brazilian movies! I bet that the theater was empty. It is just political propaganda and they always put americans and capitalism as enemies! Just pure garbage!

    • Seriously??!! Wait – all the Brazilian movies or just the ones with the government stamp.

      • 99% of the brazilian movies have the Government stamps, are funded with taxpayers money and dont give any profit at all.

      • If you see the “Lei Rouanet” logo then companies are getting a tax break, then look at the state companies that are often involved in the same movie (Petrobras, AnyotherBRAS, Prefeitura de _____, Governo do Estado de ______).

    • juliana says:

      “Brazilians hate brazilians movies”??? “political propaganda”??? “they always put americans and capitalism as enemies”. LOL

      people, don’t believe in every comment that you read here.

    • Pedro says:

      You must be quite that stereotype of a White American Republican patriot, “my imaginary line is better than yours” blablabla.
      Nor his government is 100% capitalist
      (I am not PT, and not like the government)

      Brazilian films are bad is not because of communism or capitalism, are numerous factors, but mainly it is because we do not have writers, in the U.S. is working here is not.

      After the strike of the writer in the U.S., quality of films fell and many, but they produce many films and there are pearls in the midst of so much crap.

  4. Ray says:


    I am totally with you. “Don’t believe every comment that you read” is right!
    Gil and I are Brazilians, and we love Brazilian movies. There are great movies made in Brazil and they don’t have an agenda, and are not communist at all, even many sponsored with government money. This comment sounded to me like something you would hear at Fox News about Obama being a communist and Universal Health care is all about death squads, that is how radical and inaccurate the comment sounded to me.
    Plus, many recent Brazilian cinema productions have filled movie threaters and generated huge profits.



    • Youa re lying man, brazilian movies ARE KNOWN to have a political agenda bias. Movies like “LULA FILHO DO BRASIL” OR “CARANDIRU” are pretty “balanced”, right? For a petista it might be, but for a honest brazilian it will never be. And I hate to pay movies with my taxes when there are so many people living at the slums.

      • I will not tolerate you calling my friends liars. I appreciate a good debate, but you are not able to conduct one in a logical fashion. Please refrain from posting on this blog.

      • juliana says:

        I would like to know what is the “political agenda” of this recent brazilian movies:

        O cheiro do ralo
        Nosso Lar
        Dois filhos de francisco
        De pernas pro ar
        Muita calma nessa hora

        no aguardo.

  5. anna says:

    I am brazilian and I like some brazilian movies. Sure not all of them are good but still there are some good brazilian movies out there.

    • Brazil has produced some amazing movies. Not all the U.S. movies are good either, in fact many, many are pretty bad. But the movie industry in the U.S. is so big, you are going to get a lot of good and a lot of bad.

      • Difference being that when American movies fail usually the individuals and private funds which financed them are the only ones to lose; in Brazil we are all unwilling shareholders of the bomb.
        It is not surprising the most Brazilian films lean, more often than not lean towards the left. This in itself is not the underlying problem in my opinion since such movies are not doomed to suck for that purpose. It seems, as Pedro stated, that the main problem is severe lack of talent; although I do agree somewhat with lookatyounowandbreath, specially when it comes to that “Lula Filho do Brasil” movie: a more blatant display of how to use public funds to enshrine a living political figure is hard to find. It really reeks of terrible populism, which is always funded via the public purse (for their own “enlightment” of course . . .)

        • Andrew Francis says:

          I mostly agree with what you are saying but let’s not forget the US (like other developed nations) hands out plenty of tax breaks and subsidies to industries with good lobbyists. If the big bank bailout taught us anything, it’s that countries who lecture the world on free market values are actually pretty socialist when push comes to shove. 🙂

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