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Four Days in September (O Que É Isso, Companheiro?) (1997)

Four Days in September (O Que É Isso, Companheiro?) (1997)



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Bruno Barreto returned to his native Brazil after a ten-year absence to direct this fact-based political thriller that was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Pedro Cardoso stars as Rio de Janeiro journalist Fernando Gabeira, who decides with his friend Cesar (Selton Mello) to take up arms with a radical leftist organization, MR-8, in 1969. The revolutionaries, who include the tough-talking and beautiful Maria (Fernanda Torres), are fighting to overthrow Brazil's brutal military government through civil unrest and guerilla tactics. Their first action, the robbery of a bank, is successful, although one group member is captured and tortured by Henrique (Marco Ricca), a secret service agent plagued by his conscience. As a follow-up to the heist, the MR-8 members kidnap the U.S. ambassador to Brazil, Charles Burke Elbrick (Alan Arkin). During four days of captivity, however, the kidnappers discover that their prisoner is a good-hearted man of conscience, causing Fernando to become increasingly uneasy about the group's plan to kill Elbrick if a demand for the release of political prisoners goes unheeded. O Que E Isso, Companheiro? (1997) was based on Gabeira's book of the same name but was released in the U.S. under the title Four Days in September.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Alan Arkin
as Charles Elbrick
Nelson Dantas
as Toledo
Fisher Stevens
as Mowinckel
Caroline Kava
as Elvira
Marco Ricca
as Henrique
Lulu Santos
as Eiras
Fernanda Montenegro
as Dona Margarida
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Critic Reviews for Four Days in September (O Que É Isso, Companheiro?)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

This is powerful stuff but, like so many political abduction dramas, suffers from a certain static quality.

Full Review… | July 16, 2007
Film Journal International

An intriguing, understated film that quietly brings up loud questions of honor, duty, ideals, and courage.

Full Review… | January 2, 2007

This low-key and highly intelligent Brazilian film set in 1969 deals with the complexities of political action.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Four Days in September (O Que É Isso, Companheiro?)


One of the best films of Barreto. Four Days In September is really tense. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Awesome Film about a kidnapping of an US ambassador in South American. Based on a true Story. Very interesting and enjoyable. Worth Seeing.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

One of the best movies from Brazil. An excellent 60's-era political thriller. The cast is excellent and the story is for the most part true. I was surprised that the American actor, Alan Arkin was in the cast. The film portrays both sides of a very passionate and sympathetic 1960's revolutionary revolt. Fascinating story, told, in part, through the letters written by the Ambassador to his fearful wife. Intellegent and thoughtful. Riveting examiniation of torture, especially in our post-9/11 world. The ending was also very touching.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

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