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Cinema, Asprin And Vultures (cinema, Aspirinas E Urubus) (2006)




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Two outcasts wander the back roads of Brazil looking for different kinds of escape in this drama. Johann (Peter Ketnath) fled Germany to avoid being drafted during World War II, and has ended up in Brazil, where he makes his living as a traveling showman and salesman. Johann spends his days driving his truck through the Brazilian outback, and when he discovers a suitably populated village, he sets up his portable projection system and shows advertising films promoting the latest wonder drug -- aspirin. Johann does good business at his stops, but spending most of his time behind the wheel gets tiresome, and he often picks up hitchhikers to break up the monotony. One day, Johann picks up Ranulpho (João Miguel), a native who strikes up a friendship with the expatriate German and offers to join him as a projectionist and assistant. While Johann welcomes both the help and the company, the two soon become aware of their different temperaments -- Johann has grown to love Brazil, while Ranulpho longs to get away -- and Johann finds he can no longer escape the war in the wilds of Brazil, as the nation has an economic alliance with the Allied forces and immigration authorities insist he either return to Germany or give himself up to military police in São Paulo. Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (aka Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus) was the first feature film from writer and director Marcelo Gomes.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


Critic Reviews for Cinema, Asprin And Vultures (cinema, Aspirinas E Urubus)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The Brazilian film Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures shows how a little imagination and a quality cinematographer can triumph over a poverty of means.

February 8, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5

The film is well worth seeing for its views of the parched wilderness of far-flung Brazil and its talkative depiction of an unlikely friendship.

December 6, 2005

Marcelo Gomes makes an impressive if sober feature helming debut in Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures.

November 14, 2005

A road movie about the end of the road, about paths diverging, when travellers' time together can only be brief.

September 15, 2006

This Brazilian film has been greeted with the same sort of polite praise that Daughters of the Dust earned years ago from left-leaning critics enamored with purportedly novel modes of expression and exotic representation.

May 25, 2006 | Full Review…

The two men's personalities, an out-of-the-ordinary setting and time, and camera techniques deftly used bring this quiet piece above the pack.

February 18, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cinema, Asprin And Vultures (cinema, Aspirinas E Urubus)


More than just an amusing road movie, this wonderful film may seem pretty simple (and even pointless to some) at a first look, but is in fact a delicate story of friendship between two very different men with only broken dreams and uncertainty ahead of them (and João Miguel is fantastic).

Carlos Magalhães
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