As Três 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 Francisca (Julia Lemmertz), is ordered to recruit superstitious Ze das Cobras (Enrique Diaz). Middle daughter Maria Rosa (Maria Luiza Mendonca) tracks down Police Chief Tenorio (Tuca Andrada), who is a knife expert. Youngest daughter Maria Pia (Luiza Mariani) has the most difficult killer to acquire: the imprisoned convict Jesuino Cruz (Wagner Moura), also known as The Devil's Horse.

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Marieta Severo
as Filomena Capadocio
Júlia Lemmertz
as Maria Francisca
Luíza Mariani
as Maria Pia
Carlos Vereza
as Firmino Santos Guerra
Enrique Díaz
as Zé das Cobras
Tuca Andrada
as Chief Tenório
Wagner Moura
as Jesuino Cruz
Lázaro Ramos
as Catrevagem
Cassiano Carneiro
as José Tranquilo Santos Guerra
Fábio Limma
as Arcanjo Santos Guerra
André Barros
as João Capadócio
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Critic Reviews for As Três Marias

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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.

    Jun 5, 2003
  • Abranches intends for a religious parable by way of Greek tragedy, but the film drowns in a morass of portentous signs and poetic symbols.

    Jun 4, 2003 | Rating: 2/4
  • At times, the filmmaker seems unsure of his mission. He should have had Filomena for his producer.

    Jun 3, 2003
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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 | Rating: 1/4
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4

    Gene Seymour

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Audience Reviews for As Três 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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]

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