Brazilian Cinema

I have always been shocked that most of South American's movies are based on stories about violence, drugs, prostitution, corruption and rarely have less than a good dozen of deaths per movie, with gallons of blood spelt all over the screen.

South American Cinema, and particularly the Brazilian one, has so much more to offer than that. Like French cinema, the best Brazilian movies focus on strong character development, they have original and interesting scripts, great cinematography and a big space given to beautiful music.

We recommend to watch the following Brazilian movies as a start: "Waste Land", a beautiful documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit, "Central Station" the classic from Walter Salles, "my name ain't Johnny", true story of a cocaine dealer in the rich neighborhoods of Rio and of course the cult movie "City of God"  

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Brazilian Movies - The Cult of Violence? -
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City of God
The 2 most famous Brazilian movies abroad are City of God and Elite Squad (I & II).
They are both based on war between drug dealers, corrupted cops & politicians in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, they are EXTREMELY violent. Certainly not reflecting a good image for Brazil and not good ones to watch with your 10 year old after 9pm.

Unfortunately, they are based on what was not that long ago a cruel reality, and you need to be aware of it to understand many things of the Brazilian culture. They are also great movies despite the violence, and deserve to be watched if you haven't seen them yet.

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=> But PLEASE don't stick only to those and check some of our other movies listed here, they will give you a more positive image of Brazil and will teach you a lot about the country and its people.
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So, is there anything else?
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Wasteland an amazing documentaryThe movie industry has suffered many ups and downs in Brazil, and it got back on its feet during the 90s where, filmakers decided to explore the favela theme, as a result of one/two decades of social unjustice (favelas started growing in the 80's).

However, Brazilian film industry has been developing ever since, and explores beautiful stories, myths and brazilian folklore (To the Left of the Father, Behind the Sun) as well as independant comedies, black humor (estomago) and character stories (filhos de francisco, Chico Xavier), and so on. Some of the great master pieces are not distributed outside of Brazil, therefore are less known.

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=> See our selection of Top 5 Brazilian Directors, Actors & Actresses and our favorite Brazilian movies Waste Land, Central StationMy name ain't Johnny and City of God.
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