Dispatch from Brazil: “2 Filhos de Francisco” Blazes the Brazilian Box Office With Hopes for Oscar - by Michael Gibbons (October 24, 2005)
“2 Filhos de Francisco”‘s family-friendly content allows it to tap into
an audience that previous hits, like “Cidade de Deus” (City of God),
did without. The film follows the lives of the popular sertaneja (a
type of Brazilian folk music) brother duo Zeze di Camargo and Luciano
and their rise from poverty to fame. Not only is family portrayed as
the core element in the boys’ lives, but their father Francisco is
shown as a sort of hero who was largely responsible for their
chart-topping success. The film mixes nostalgia with a feel-good
story, slick cinematography, and of course, plenty of loved songs by
Zeze di Camargo and Luciano.
Waddington's deliciously surprising second feature starts out incredibly bleakly, with its none-too-lovely pregnant heroine (Casé) leaving her mother's home in the arid wastelands of north eastern Brazil, only to return with her son to find the old lady dead, her elderly landlord proposing marriage and turning out to be an idle tyrant. Then gradually the film mutates into an unsentimental but uplifting comedy celebrating Casé's rise to power over not one but three husbands, all living under the same roof. Inspired by a true story, the film subtly observes how the woman plays on her suitors' jealousy, insecurity and pride, using her patience, good humour and earthy sexuality to place them in unlikely, unspoken but very real competition with each other. Heading a superb cast, Casé is simply extraordinary; Gilberto Gil's music is both lovely and entirely in keeping with the film's shifting moods; and Breno Silveira's 'Scope camerawork is both admirably to the point and visually stunning. A treat.
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