Bye Bye Brasil (1980)





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Bye Bye Brazil, the gifted director Carlos Diegues' follow-up to his 1978 Xica da Silva, became one of the most popular and fiscally successful imports of late '70s and early '80s South American cinema. Bye Bye is a muted and low-key ensemble drama about a shabby circus crawling from small town to small town through the Brazilian backwaters. As the curtain rises before us, the circus claims three participants: the slightly scary, medicine-show-like leader, Lorde Cigano (Jose Wilker), who sports a carnival-like 19th century mustache and cape, and keeps the audience mesmerized with magic tricks; the erotically charged, raven-haired dancer Salome (Betty Faria), "Queen of the Rumba"; and the deaf-mute strongman Swallow, who doubles as a fire breather. The troupe quickly adds yet another member shortly after the story begins: the strapping young accordion player Cico (Fabio Junior). He signs on with the circus when he catches sight of Salome, and is thus lost to his expectant wife, Dasdo (Zaira Zambelli) forever -- despite his obligation to cart the missus along with the troupe. The preponderance of the drama explores the shifting relationships between the circus members over the course of their journeys; it also reveals how endangered the troupe has become, both by the inability of locals to pay (the performers accept melons and other edible goods as recompense) and by competing entertainments such as television. These endangerments will ultimately force Cigano and co. beyond desperation -- to the point of ending the circus altogether and prostituting out Salome and Dasdo, just to turn a buck. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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José Wilker
as Lorde Cigano
Betty Faria
as Salome
Jofre Soares
as Ze da Luz
Rodolfo Arena
as Peasant
Rinaldo Gines
as Indian Chief
Jose Maria Lima
as Assistant
Oscar Reis
as Smuggler
Marieta Severo
as Social Worker
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Critic Reviews for Bye Bye Brasil

All Critics (1)

The title suggests closure, yet the film locates a nation very much still in the process of getting to know itself.

Full Review… | May 6, 2007
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bye Bye Brasil

It may seem like it lacks a stronger conclusion, but this deceptively simple road movie benefits from some fine performances and uses a lot of humor to address social matters that couldn't be brought up so directly at the time it was made - the military dictatorship in Brazil.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Una muestra mas de que para hacer buen cine lo que se necesita es talento y no efectos, este film es, en nuestra humilde opinion, una joya indispendable.

Ramses Cairo
Ramses Cairo

Boring, pointless movie about a group of circus performers traveling through Brazil looking for opportunity and freedom. The best part was the van with the neon sign that flips people the bird.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

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