Amarelo Manga (Mango Yellow) (2003)
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Critic Reviews for Amarelo Manga (Mango Yellow)
For all the grimness and desperation on view in Mango Yellow, the characters emerge as robust, full-dimensional people in touch with their explosive feelings.
A glib evocation of urban malaise, flirting with situations of sexual loneliness ... without mustering up a single substantive notion.
there is so little invested in these characters that you don't really care. unfortunately, MANGO YELLOW is just a pulpy morass - sometimes sweet, until you start chocking on the seeds
Assis stretches his characters up to and perhaps beyond the edge of reality. In their extremes, he suggests a malaise infecting Brazil.
Audience Reviews for Amarelo Manga (Mango Yellow)
Mango Yellow Amarelo Manga (2003) Recife Brazil WOW somewhat OK movie. some shocking scenes. This film expands the director (Assis) first short movie Texas Hotel; Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a necrophilia in love with a bar owner, a very gay/queen hotel cook and many others. the story is bizarre by most standards but I enjoyed it. there is some plain old exploitative stuff here also the blood and gutting of cows for meat and necrophilia. Most interesting is how different life can be in Brazil. Its really a black comedy. 20/20 filmsite states: The colour of Brazilian mangoes is a deliciously smooth yellow, the fragrance of the juicy fruit emanating from the peel; it's a beautiful colour, used in the Brazilian flag, used to represent life, the mineral wealth of the land and the colour of the sun. "Mango Yellow (though, yellow is the colour of mangoes, but also of decaying corpses, infected, rotten teeth, disease and malaise. It's a colour that represents the fetid stench of decay and turmoil that exists in the favelas of Recife, a beautiful coastal city on the easternmost point of Brazil." Be careful you might be offended by what you see in this movie. Not a five star movie but I give it a full three stars. maybe 3 1/2.
An interesting slice of life film depicting life in a slum in Brasil. The story covers the events of a single day. Life and death, and the desires common to all men play a part in this tight little film. One comes away with a sense that in the face of such abject poverty, the characters in this film seek love, companionship, and comfort, just as we all do. After the basic needs of life, (food, shelter, and safety) are met, then these other needs can be addressed, even when the availability of the means to achieve them are severely limited. Despair and a joie de vivre walk side by side in the barrio.
Bleak look into the lives of several Brazilian from Recife. If Philip Seymore Hoffman was Brazilian, he would appear in this film... that's how screwed up these people are and that's the type of film this is.
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