O Auto da Compadecida (A Dog's Will)

2000

O Auto da Compadecida (A Dog's Will)

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This fanciful fantasy from Brazil (which was adapted from a play that previously inspired a top-rated Brazilian TV series) follows two poor but resourceful young men, Jack the Cricket (Matheus Nachtergaele) and Chico (Selton Mello), on their adventures. Looking for work, Jack and Chico get a job at a bakery, where the mean-spirited owner feeds them food so awful that when they give it to a dog, it kills the poor animal, leading the boys to fast-talk a priest into giving the dog a funeral mass. Later on down the road, shy Chico falls in love with beautiful Rosinha, whose father is the town's wealthiest citizen. While Chico is too timid to approach her, Jack is able to fool Rosinha's boyfriends into leaving town, leaving the field open for his friend. And finally, a gang of ruthless criminals invades the town and goes on a murder spree, with Jack gunned down alongside many of the town's most prominent citizens. As Chico buries his friend, Jack matches wits in the next world with the Devil (Luis Melo), persuading the Virgin Mary (Fernanda Montenegro) to put in a good word for himself and his friends to Jesus. O Auto Da Compadecida proved to be a box-office sensation in Brazil, where it has become the nation's top-grossing homegrown feature. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • Nov 04, 2016
    The film is contaminated by the aesthetics of television and its theatrical origins are quite evident (especially in its excess of dialogue), but this is all more than compensated by how delicious it is and the intelligent way that it tackles social matters and class inequalities in Brazil.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2011
    Divertido e emocionante filme. Roteiro inteligente e Ã"timas atuações.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2009
    This was lots of fun! Brasillian comedy about the life of two poor friends who have to do tricks to survive. It becomes funnier when one of them dies with a bunch of other people from the village and goes to the final court of justice. There he meets the Black Jesus, mother Marry and the Satan. Thanks to Marry he has a second chance to go back to life, help his friend to marry the girl he wants and be a better man. Solid comedy with an over the top story and exaggerated but good acting.
    Serdar C Super Reviewer

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