O Céu de Suely (2007)

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After two years of living in São Paulo, Hermila returns to her village in northeastern Brazil with her newborn son, anxiously awaiting the arrival of her husband. Time passes slowly and the wait becomes an even heavier burden as she begins to realize that she's been abandoned. Her distress increases as she renews a relationship with an old boyfriend before deciding that she doesn't want to relive the past. Determined to raise enough money to escape her stifling hometown, she comes up with an unlikely prize to raffle off--one conceived during her chats with newfound friend and local prostitute, Georgina. Hermila adopts the name Suely, an act that distances her from her family and her past and signals the beginning of her journey toward new, open horizons.
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Hermila Guedes
as Hermila
Georgina Castro
as Georgina
Zezita Matos
as Zezita
Marcelia Cartaxo
as Marcelia
Flavio Bauraqui
as Receptionist
Matheus Vieira
as Matheuzinho #1
Gerkson Carlos
as Matheuzinho #2
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Critic Reviews for O Céu de Suely

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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...a well-observed slice of social realist cinema.

September 10, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Pacing is a problem with Love For Sale, but meaning never is.

August 17, 2007
AV Club
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Guedes is electrifying, and so un-Hollywood you have to cheer for the continuing health of Brazilian cinema.

August 15, 2007
Newsday
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The steamy Brazilian drama Love for Sale takes a timeworn Hollywood premise -- down-on-her-luck woman turns hooker to survive -- and gives it an enthralling new twist.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
New York Post
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Love for Sale has a deep sympathy for sexual free spirits in a rigid macho society.

August 15, 2007
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for O Céu de Suely

Brazilian neorealism at its best. Karim Aïnouz, my absolute favourite contemporary Brazilian director, once again does not disappoint with this mix of documentary and fiction shot without the aid of artificial lighting. Don't be intimidated by the pace or the horrible English title, there are great lessons about anonimity and our longing for affection to be learnt here.

Héliø Leønardø
Héliø Leønardø
½

Well-made, but a bit boring and depressing. The cover song of "Everything I Own" is very pretty and apropos.

Jeff B
Jeff B

I saw this with English subtitles. I did not find it outstanding, but worth watching. Is it a comment on the few choices a Brazilian woman has - especially one with a child? Her husband abandons her, and she is left to raise their son with no income in a dead town - even his mother is no help.

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