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Charming and interesting Brazilian prison drama
on 29 July 2011
This Brazilian prison drama has its charms if you can stick with it. The film is serious in subject yet lighter than expected, with a dry black humour lying through it. It tells the tale of several prisoners, how they ended up there, and focuses in on a doctor who treats and talks to them.
The film is based on a true story, the 7000 prisoner strong largest prison in Brazil. The over populated prison is like a crime world in itself, run by the criminals. This film tells the story four main characters. The prison is later stormed by 300 policemen who kill 111 inmates, in 1992.
This 2002 film captures the 90's extremely well, is character rich, individual and interesting enough. It won a 2003 award at Cannes and should be regarded as one of the better World Cinema titles for a European Audience. There are a handful of good Brazilian Movies, and I would add this one too.
The DVD features are a director commentary, deleted scenes, making of and some historical footage.
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