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Madame Satã (2002)



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A story inspired by the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos--better known as "Madame Satã"--was also a notorious gay performer who pushed social boundaries in a volatile time. The story begins in 1932, in Rio de Janeiro's bohemian Lapa district, when João Francisco is about to achieve his dream: becoming a stage star. In the sordid yet lively world of Lapa--populated by pimps, prostitutes and other denizens of Rio's underworld--João battles the streets and presides over a surrogate family that includes the charming prostitute Laurita, and her baby daughter whom everyone dotes on; the flamboyant hustler Taboo; João's teenage lover, Renatinho; and Amador, the owner of the Blue Danube club which is their second home. It is at the Blue Danube that street tough João begins to sing, and the mythic drag artiste Madam Satã is born.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Karim Aïnouz, Karim Aïnouz
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On DVD: Jan 13, 2004
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Lázaro Ramos
as Joao Francisco dos S...
Felipe Marques
as Renatinho
Felippe Marques
as Renatinho
Renata Sorrah
as Vitoria dos Anjos
Marcelo Valle
as Commissioner
Gero Camilo
as Agapito
Ora Figueiredo
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Madame Satã

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (22)

Often captivating.

Full Review… | November 7, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A myopic, histrionic picture that never lets us know why this legendary character is legendary, and worthy of our attention.

Full Review… | October 31, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Director Karim Ainouz's film draws you in close.

October 10, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's a vivid, emotionally charged snapshot that makes no apologies or excuses for Madame's behavior and lifestyle.

Full Review… | September 25, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Madame Sata is only a chapter in Francisco's story, and even that feels incomplete.

Full Review… | September 21, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A one-note take on a complex subject.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Madame Satã


Very gritty film that takes place in the 1930's about João Francisco dos Santos, the legendary Brazilian cross gender dresser, pimp, loving father, outlaw and local hero who became Rio De Janeiro's Queen Of Carnaval in the 40's until his death in the 70's. The gay sex is very raw as is the lifestyle in the Lapa district of Rio. João Francisco dos Santos lived from 1900 to 1976, adopted about a dozen children and spent some 27 years of his life in prison.

Most of the story here is Joao's struggle to overcome the cruelty that comes his way because he is black, poor and gay; endlessly fighting, defending himself and getting into trouble with the law because he refuses to be treated like a second-class citizen.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

lazaro ramos was fantastic as the kickass carnival queen. a really passionate, energetic and colorful film yet not at all what you'd expect from a transvestite's biopic

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Captivated? Not really. Didn't sink in with me too well.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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