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Jude Law, Fernando Meirelles and Odeon Leicester Square - Jude Law and Fernando Meirelles London, England - The BFI London Film Festival: '360' European film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square Wednesday 12th October 2011

Jude Law, Fernando Meirelles and Odeon Leicester Square
Jude Law and Odeon Leicester Square
Jude Law and Odeon Leicester Square
Jude Law and Odeon Leicester Square
Jude Law
Jude Law

Fernando Meirelles and director - Fernando Meirelles, director London, England - ABC Trust Blindness gala screening at the Apollo west end cinema Friday 31st October 2008

Fernando Meirelles and Director
Fernando Meirelles and Director
Fernando Meirelles and Director
Fernando Meirelles and Director
Fernando Meirelles and Director
Fernando Meirelles and Director

The Year My Parents Went On Vacation Review


Excellent
If you were a ten-year-old boy in 1970 Brazil, you had one thing on your mind: The Brazilian football soccer team playing in the World Cup. But for young Mauro (Michel Joelsas), his excitement for Pelé is overshadowed by his parents' departure.

In that historic year, the Brazilian population wasn't just united by one the greatest soccer teams ever assembled. It was also dealing with increasingly aggressive activity by a dictatorship eager to arrest any non-conformists. So while Mauro collects national team trading cards and plays out matches with his tabletop soccer game, his parents rush him from their home, explaining the couple needs to "go on vacation."

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City Of Men Review


OK
Splintered off from Fernando Meirelles' undeniable City of God, Paulo Morelli's City of Men, a continuation of the acclaimed Sundance Channel TV series, takes on a similar ghetto with a similar Dickensian cast of gangsters, seasoned veterans, and day-job so-and-sos as they go 12 rounds with the day-to-day routine of slum life in Rio de Janeiro. But where God used a central eye to see the pervasive crawl of violence in the ghetto, Men goes for straight shooting and high hopes.

Morelli, a veteran of the television series, continues to document the lives of two young men that make their home in the area known as Dead End Hill. One, a young father named Ace (Darlan Cunha), has a problem paying attention to his son while also trying to excise his youthful indiscretions. The other, a motorcycle-taxi driver named Wallace (Douglas Silva), wants to find his father before he gets his ID card for his 18th birthday. These young roustabouts, especially Ace, find themselves in the middle of a turf war between likable though snotty gang leader Midnight (Jonathan Haagensen) and his right-hand man Fasto (Eduardo BR).

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Domésticas Review


Bad
In anticipation of Domésticas (Maids), by award-winning Brazilian directors Fernando Meirelles and Nando Olival, I was anxious to see a film that shined a light on the suppressed existence Brazilian housemaids are forced to endure. I have already witnessed firsthand in Sao Paulo these women toiling for practically no wages by cooking, cleaning, and scrubbing for upper class families. I'd also listened to many stories from teenage boys from prosperous families frequently losing their virginity to these housemaids. Many of these young Brazilian men laughed exuberantly in retrospect as they shared their personal stories of sexual indulgence, obliviously harkening back to the abuses of slavery. Disappointingly, while Domésticas uses humor to touch on some of these disheartening issues, it fails to make a compelling statement that truly empathizes with the Brazilian housemaid's cause.

The film is shot in pseudo-documentary format and follows five women's lives as domestic laborers and their bleak existence outside of their jobs. One thing they all share is a deep hatred of their employers, who oddly are never shown in the film. While they all have different reasons for ending up in their current occupation, the most frequent explanation is that the women were born into it. In fact, the most profound statement of the entire movie is the very first line, when a housemaid talks about a long lineage of maids dating back to the days of slavery. Frighteningly, the lack of upward mobility associated with their jobs still eerily mirrors a form of indentured servitude.

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