Madame Satã (2002)
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João Francisco dos Santos was a figure of no small infamy in Brazil during the 1930s -- he was a flamboyantly gay drag performer who was also a notorious criminal, thoroughly unashamed of his sexual orientation and willing to defend himself with deadly force if the situation demanded. Writer and director Karim Ainouz brings dos Santos' story to the screen in this vibrant drama seasoned with music and dance. A tall and physically imposing man, dos Santos (played by Lázaro Ramos) grew up poor on
Aug 22, 2002 Wide
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A myopic, histrionic picture that never lets us know why this legendary character is legendary, and worthy of our attention.
Director Karim Ainouz's film draws you in close.
It's a vivid, emotionally charged snapshot that makes no apologies or excuses for Madame's behavior and lifestyle.
Madame Sata is only a chapter in Francisco's story, and even that feels incomplete.
The film's non-dramatic but exhilarating finale is what clings most memorably.
Ainouz' script and style seem unwilling to explore below the surface. He embraces the story's physical details...without revealing much of his subject's soul.
Actor Ramos brings an extraordinary intensity and focus to this contradictory role, changing emotions and actions on a dime.
While the depiction of the Lapa district and the details of repressed homosexual life in Rio 10 years ago is always intriguing, we come away learning very little about the individual known as Madame Satã.
Rough-hewn and vigorous, Karim Aïnouz's first feature film tells the story about an illiterate 1930s drag queen... and it's surprisingly good.
Ramos gives a powerful and raw performance, but never reveals what makes Joao who he is, what drives him both to violence and to vibrant self-expression.
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