Três Marias, As, (The Three Marias) (2002)

Três Marias, As, (The Three Marias)



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Brazilian filmmaker Aluizio Abranches directs the revenge drama The Three Marias, heavily influenced by religious doctrines and Greek tragedies. Bitter matriarch Filomena Capodocio (Marieta Severo) carries out a vendetta against her ex-fiancé, Firmino (Carlos Vereza), who is responsible for the brutal murder of her husband and two sons. Filomena gathers her three daughters together and instructs them to hire individual hitmen to murder Firmino and his two sons. The oldest daughter, Maria … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Wilson Freire, Heitor Dhalia, Hector Dhalia
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 26, 2005
Empire Pictures - Official Site



as Filomena Capadocio

as Maria Francisca

as Maria Pia

as Firmino Santos Guerr...

as Zé das Cobras

as Chief Tenório

as Jesuino Cruz

as Catrevagem

as José Tranquilo Santo...

as Arcanjo

as Sertanejo

as João Capadócio
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Critic Reviews for Três Marias, As, (The Three Marias)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

A luridly baroque tale of violent revenge, this Brazilian-Italian entry relies heavily on atmospheric visuals to compensate for its lack of depth in both plotting and characterizations.

June 5, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Abranches intends for a religious parable by way of Greek tragedy, but the film drowns in a morass of portentous signs and poetic symbols.

Full Review… | June 4, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

At times, the filmmaker seems unsure of his mission. He should have had Filomena for his producer.

Full Review… | June 3, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Its emotional climate is too extreme to invite identification, and its characters are too single-minded in their revenge to evoke pity, terror or even much interest.

Full Review… | May 29, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The intent was apparently a Sergio Leone-ish black comedy, but the leaden pacing, somnambulant performances and incessant symbolism in nearly every shot will soon have you thinking that The Three Marias is three too many.

May 29, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

Those who long for the termite glory of 1950s B westerns might find something to like about this tightly wound, borderline absurd oddity.

Full Review… | May 29, 2003
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Três Marias, As, (The Three Marias)


[font=Century Gothic]In the Brazilian film, "The Three Marias", the husband and two sons of Filomena(Marieta Severo) have just been brutally murdered. She gathers her three grown daughters, Maria Francisca(Julia Lemmertz), Maria Rosa(Maria Luisa Mendonca) and Maria Pia(Luiza Mariani), and instructs them to employ three hitmen to kill the murderers and bring their heads to her.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Three Marias" is an odd, beguiling and violent revenge flick with an interesting structure. The film uses religious symbolism to comment on misogyny in the Church, thus lending a definite feminist edge to the whole project, especially with the strong female characters.[/font]

Walter M.

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