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The Three Marias Review


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Brazilian director Aluisio Abranches starts his drama The Three Marias with a series of brutal and senseless deaths. Two brothers are struck down, one burned alive by a gasoline-splashing madman while the other has his eyes plucked out. That's nothing. Back at the homestead, their father is hung from the ceiling by his own intestines. Family fare, this is not.

The dead relatives, we learn, are executed by the sons of Firmino Santos Guerra (Carlos Vereza). Thirty years ago, Guerra was left near the altar by Filomena Capadócio (Marieta Severo), who fell in love with another man and had several children by him. Guerra harbored his jealous rage for decades, finally deciding years later that it was time to eliminate the man who stole his one true love.

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