Madame Satã (2002)
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as Joao Francisco dos Santos
as Vitoria dos Anjos
Critic Reviews for Madame Satã
A myopic, histrionic picture that never lets us know why this legendary character is legendary, and worthy of our attention.
Director Karim Ainouz's film draws you in close.
It's a vivid, emotionally charged snapshot that makes no apologies or excuses for Madame's behavior and lifestyle.
Madame Sata is only a chapter in Francisco's story, and even that feels incomplete.
Audience Reviews for Madame Satã
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.
Captivated? Not really. Didn't sink in with me too well.
Very gritty film that takes place in the 1930's about João Francisco dos Santos, the legendary Brazilian cross gender dresser, pimp, loving father, outlaw and local hero who became Rio De Janeiro's Queen Of Carnaval in the 40's until his death in the 70's. The gay sex is very raw as is the lifestyle in the Lapa district of Rio. João Francisco dos Santos lived from 1900 to 1976, adopted about a dozen children and spent some 27 years of his life in prison. Most of the story here is Joao's struggle to overcome the cruelty that comes his way because he is black, poor and gay; endlessly fighting, defending himself and getting into trouble with the law because he refuses to be treated like a second-class citizen.
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