Madame Satã

Critics Consensus

Madame Satã offers an occasionally absorbing look at a pivotal figure in Brazilian culture, even if its subject deserves a more consistent biopic.

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Movie Info

In the 1930s slums of Rio de Janeiro, João Francisco dos Santos (Lázaro Ramos) is many things -- the son of black slaves, an ex-con who spent more than two decades in prison, a gangster, a homosexual, and patriarch to a surrogate family of social outcasts. João seeks an outlet of expression through a cabaret act, where he cultivates the transvestite stage persona Madame Satã and becomes a revolutionary icon for society's neglected during a time of upheaval in post-abolition Brazil.

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Critic Reviews for Madame Satã

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (17)

Audience Reviews for Madame Satã

  • Mar 17, 2016
    Lázaro Ramos delivers a ferocious performance in this absorbing character study that dives into the world of an outcast to explore matters like poverty, race, gender and sex, even though it feels a bit incomplete and superficial as it doesn't go deep enough into its character as it should.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2012
    Captivated? Not really. Didn't sink in with me too well.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2009
    Even if you do not like the characters, this is a REAL movie with REAL people and it is an Oscar worthy film. I submitted this one to Flixster after watching late one night. I was amazed at the marvelous acting. You must see this one!
    April N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2008
    The visuals are stunning, but the film fails for something that is unfortunately becoming a tradition in Brazilian cinema: the lack of a consistent script. Too much responsibility is left on the actors' shoulders, as if they were the ones who were supposed to make the film work, and although the cast fights this battle with all they've got, I honestly don't know if that's fair. The worst is that I could simply copy and paste the comment above into Mr. Ainouz' following film, "Love For Sale: Suely in the Sky".
    Rhady N Super Reviewer

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