Bye Bye Brasil (1980)

Bye Bye Brasil


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Bye Bye Brazil, the gifted director Carlos Diegues' follow-up to his 1978 Xica da Silva, became one of the most popular and fiscally successful imports of late '70s and early '80s South American cinema. Bye Bye is a muted and low-key ensemble drama about a shabby circus crawling from small town to small town through the Brazilian backwaters. As the curtain rises before us, the circus claims three participants: the slightly scary, medicine-show-like leader, Lorde Cigano (Jose Wilker), who sports … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Carlos Diegues, Leopoldo Serran
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On DVD: Apr 17, 2007



as Lorde Cigano

as Salome

as Ze da Luz

as Indian Chief

as Assistant

as Smuggler

as Social Worker
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Critic Reviews for Bye Bye Brasil

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Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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The title suggests closure, yet the film locates a nation very much still in the process of getting to know itself.

Full Review… | May 6, 2007
Slant Magazine

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bye Bye Brasil


This is actually such a bizarre and one of a kind experience that I honestly can't say it's bad. This has some accidentally amazing qualities. The aftershock of American pop culture seeping through the soundtrack is extremely goofy and cheesy, but it totally made me love watching it. Visually it's great and the characters are really kooky and memorable. I think the fact that it was made during a time of political and social change makes it extremely interesting. It's by no means perfect, but definitely worth seeing.

Conner Rainwater

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a strange and curious movie from the seventies in which brazil and its people are another character as we follow a travelling troop of odd performers as they travel around brazil, it reminded me of the fellini movie with his wife and anthony quinn as the strongman travelling around italy, same thing here only italiy is now brazil.

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