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Três Marias, As, (The Three Marias)

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

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14

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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Brazilian filmmaker Aluizio Abranches, who garnered international attention with his debut feature Um Copo de Colera, directed this audacious and idiosyncratic crime thriller. When she was a young woman, Filomena Capadocio (Marieta Severo) had pledged to marry Firmino Santos Guerra (Carlos Vereza), but she opted to call off the engagement and instead wed Borges Capadscio, one of his greatest enemies. An angry Santos Guerra swore to someday take vengeance against Filomena, but waited thirty years

Apr 26, 2005

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

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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At times, the filmmaker seems unsure of his mission. He should have had Filomena for his producer.

June 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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
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Those who long for the termite glory of 1950s B westerns might find something to like about this tightly wound, borderline absurd oddity.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The good news is that for a change the females, however malevolent, get to use their brains rather than their bodies as problem solving implements.

May 15, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

A solid 'B' movie with no meaningful dialogue, a creaky plotline and wildly evocative characters, but its crude charm is unmistakable.

May 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Marias is all about build-up, with very little payoff.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Abranches isn't able to turn the wackiness into anything I would be able to recommend to anyone who isn't whacked out of their gourd on mind-altering substances.

May 30, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

The film has all the pregnant pauses, exaggerated reaction shots and melodramatic scoring of an overripe telenovela, but, unlike a good soap opera, the sisters' separate story lines are clumsily balanced.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This strikingly unusual movie is at once an old-fashioned melodrama, a boldly stylized spectacle, and a very grim fairy tale, acted and directed with originality and flair.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Em algumas ocasiões, um filme não precisa ter um roteiro complexo para permitir que seus espectadores possam discuti-lo a fundo. Basta, apenas, contar com um diretor talentoso.

May 29, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Like a schoolyard bully who's all talk and no bite, this Brazilian thriller blows a heck of a lot of hot air, but really doesn't deliver on the ***-kickings it so threatens.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A sign of good things to come from Brazilian filmmakers.

May 18, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The Three Marias is thoroughly 'an eye for an eye' biblical revenge drama.

April 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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]
March 3, 2006
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