Antonia (Antônia - O Filme) Reviews

September 25, 2007
The music, rhythms, and vibrant colors of the city are beautifully woven into cinematographer Jacob Sarmento Solitrenick's unobtrusive handheld camera work.
September 21, 2007
Antonia explores cultural and sexual oppression with sensitivity and verve. The story may lack complexity, but it is loaded with irrepressible energy and a deep appreciation of female friendship. And that's always something to sing about.
September 21, 2007
...a raw reality underscored by believable performances by nonprofessional actors.
September 21, 2007
...the unpolished actors and raw So Paolo setting offer an unusually authentic feel.
September 20, 2007
An absorbing, often moving musical-drama from Brazil.
September 20, 2007
The music, rhythms and vibrant colors of the city are beautifully woven into cinematographer Jacob Sarmento Solitrenick's unobtrusive hand-held camerawork, while director/co-writer Tata Amaral reveals a deft hand with actors.
December 26, 2007
[T]riumphs over other similar movies with its dedication to authenticity and its refusal to accede to sentimentality...
December 5, 2007
Curiously, the lead actresses are actual aspiring hip-hop artists who perform their own tunes. While their rendition of Killing Me Softly won't make you forget either Roberta Flack or Lauryn Hill, they're at least able to hold their own.
September 27, 2007
Each of the stars and most of the supporting players are real-life rappers/singers and not professional actors, adding to the improvisational-seeming naturalism that gives the movie an exotic insider feel.
September 21, 2007
It's amazing what a limited runtime can do to focus a storyline.
September 16, 2007
With a charming quality, 'Antonia' avoids the triteness of many music films that touch on triumph, heartbreak, decline, and then a new, determined start.
August 25, 2007
Bold and brave soulful female free styling hip hop subversive invasion of jealously guarded machista musical turf, that does battle with feisty attitude and stubborn blossoming feminist pride. And the music isn't half bad either.
August 25, 2007
A euphoric celebration of the rough road to womanhood and at the same time a biting critique of machista culture, Antonia is a brave, inspired antidote to current misogynistic Brazilian film fare.
August 15, 2007
Rather weird for an overcoming-the-odds flick in that the newcomers cast in the starring roles are obviously attempting to achieve in real-life what the characters they're portraying are trying to do in the saga on screen.
August 8, 2007
The style of Antonia, like the melodramas that simmer at its center, is neither smutty nor glorifying, sensitively keyed to the struggles of its working-class characters.
February 10, 2007
Um grupo musical formado por jovens mulheres negras de origem humilde que precisam lutar contra vrios preconceitos em sua trajetria profissional: Dreamgirls? No, muito melhor: Antnia, que deixa o filme de Bill Condon no chinelo.
September 23, 2006
File this one under: Middling.
September 12, 2006
Pic's depiction of rising above is less a candy-coated inspirational pill and more a piece of solid dramatic fiction.