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Amarelo Manga finds the honesty and beauty in its characters without resorting to any techinical prowess.
The "truth-owner" director Claudio Assis tries to put his blood-soaked fingers on the audience's faces, but he fails in his trying of portraiting the filth he himself believes as right.
some moments of brilliance and moments of absolute abhorrence. a movie that one doesn't "enjoy" but watches and takes in and leaves feeling a bit depressed and dirty. the only character i really liked was Ligia...the barmaid.
Mango Yellow Amarelo Manga (2003) Recife Brazil WOW somewhat OK movie. some shocking scenes. This film expands the director (Assis) first short movie Texas Hotel; Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a necrophilia in love with a bar owner, a very gay/queen hotel cook and many others. the story is bizarre by most standards but I enjoyed it. there is some plain old exploitative stuff here also the blood and gutting of cows for meat and necrophilia. Most interesting is how different life can be in Brazil. Its really a black comedy. 20/20 filmsite states: The colour of Brazilian mangoes is a deliciously smooth yellow, the fragrance of the juicy fruit emanating from the peel; it's a beautiful colour, used in the Brazilian flag, used to represent life, the mineral wealth of the land and the colour of the sun.
"Mango Yellow (though, yellow is the colour of mangoes, but also of decaying corpses, infected, rotten teeth, disease and malaise. It's a colour that represents the fetid stench of decay and turmoil that exists in the favelas of Recife, a beautiful coastal city on the easternmost point of Brazil." Be careful you might be offended by what you see in this movie. Not a five star movie but I give it a full three stars. maybe 3 1/2.
It is the yellow of the diseases, the purulent wounds, the rotten teeth - a nearly grotesque (and for most maybe even too hard to stomach or digest) view of Recife, Brazil and the people there living as seen through the daring and cynical lens of enfant terrible Claudio Assis.
Kinda wierd and there are quite a number of scenes which will put off most people, specially the explicit animal slaughter scenes. A very unique experience nonetheless that is quite different from the Brazilian films I've seen so far.
8 March 2009
An interesting slice of life film depicting life in a slum in Brasil. The story covers the events of a single day. Life and death, and the desires common to all men play a part in this tight little film. One comes away with a sense that in the face of such abject poverty, the characters in this film seek love, companionship, and comfort, just as we all do. After the basic needs of life, (food, shelter, and safety) are met, then these other needs can be addressed, even when the availability of the means to achieve them are severely limited. Despair and a joie de vivre walk side by side in the barrio.
Bleak look into the lives of several Brazilian from Recife. If Philip Seymore Hoffman was Brazilian, he would appear in this film... that's how screwed up these people are and that's the type of film this is.
As cores, o grotesco, o real, o cotidiano de sociedades sem muito amparo vem novamente a nós nesse filme. Um retrato da "parte baixa" da maior cidade nordestina, uma das maiores do Brasil. E sua gente desamparada, cheia de medos e em busca de algum prazer ou sei lá, de alguma segurança.
A carne é mostrada com muita ênfase no filme, é algo que me chama atenção, aparece em diversos estados, viva, morta, putrefando... E a vida amarela de um núcleo de personagens interessantes seguindo, boas atuações.
Um Otimo Filme sobre Carne.