62% The Maze Runner Sep 19
66% A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
45% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
82% Tracks Sep 19
93% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

11% No Good Deed $24.3M
70% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
88% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
35% The November Man $2.8M
35% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

70% The Equalizer Sep 26
71% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
86% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

New Episodes Tonight

91% Doctor Who: Season 8
—— Hell on Wheels: Season 4
40% Intruders: Season 1
90% Outlander: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

82% Girl Meets World: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
53% Z Nation: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
90% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
79% You're the Worst: Season 1




No Reviews Yet...

Release Date: Oct 27, 2006 Wide

No Reviews Yet...

Release Date: Oct 27, 2006 Wide



liked it
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 10

My Rating

Movie Info

Fantasies and clichés about Brazil and Brazilians as reinforced by international films, even those actually shot in Brazil. This documentary features interviews with non-Brazilian directors, writers and stars who have been involved in some of those films.



Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (0)

There are no critic reviews yet for OLHAR ESTRANGEIRO. Keep checking Rotten Tomatoes for updates!

Audience Reviews for OLHAR ESTRANGEIRO

"Based on the book " O Brasil dos gringos", by Tunico Amâncio, the documentary shows the vision that world cinema has of the country, through the films in which Brazil was a location, a theme or even a reference, and what is behind these productions, through interviews with their directors and screenwriters. The objective is to reveal the mechanisms that produce that image. The stories, motivations and/or pressures that are behind these films".

Lucia Murat's idea was very interesting, however a deeply serious study would be more effective. The laid back tone and her preconceived point of view, directing the interviewees (specially the "common" people) to previously selected clichés, end up equaling the documentary to the theme itself. Like Leonardo Mecchi says in his review (, "Murat commits the same mistake she accuses his interviewees to do: denies them the individualization and shows this look as intrinsically and necessarily prejudiced". He also points out how she let such an important film like Black Orpheus (directed by Mrcel Camus) out, "while films like Lambada, The Forbidden Dance and Anaconda are analyzed as if they were in-depth studies on the Brazilianness and not the unpretentious and 'self-consciously built on clichés' films they are." Even inside this unpretentious selection, others films stayed out like "Woman on Top", directed by the Venezuelan film director Fina Torres. With Penelope Cruz, "Woman on Top" is a light romantic comedy produced in USA, but without obvious clichés. In the end of Godard's Bande à Part, Odile asks Franz if there're lions in Brazil to which he answers: as well as croc...Odiles".

If seeking the truth, documentaries and documentarists should have an impartial point of view. Choosing only one side, a possible reality is lost. Right in the beginning of the film, Murat says that the culture industry shares the responsibility of these clichés that we're always trying to get away from. Tired of being force-fed these ideas, she decided to find those who created this character called Brazil. This is as so surreal as irresponsible. Who created this character called Brazil? Brazil did it. Where comes the idea of sex, vulgarity and freedom from? From Brazilian films, specially the Pornochanchada ones, and from the Carnaval. That image of Brazil as the country of football and beautiful women, among other things, was created by its own people, bought worldwide and is still fed nowadays because it sells. If we really are a country without identity - "After all, who are we? (dedicated) To all who look for their identity" - then we only exist through the regard of the other, through stereotypes.

February 25, 2011

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss OLHAR ESTRANGEIRO on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

Maze Runner is Better than Average

Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg

What are his Five Favorite Films?

Hunger Games
Hunger Games

New Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

Talk Like a Pirate Day
Talk Like a Pirate Day

Memorable pirates picture gallery

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile