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  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Tla
  • Release Date: June 7 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L03B3S

Product Description

There Are Not A Lot Of Topics Involving Consenting Adults That Can Really Shock These Days But This Searing Romantic Drama About Two Brothers Who Love Incestuously May Well Be One Of Them! Set In A Sun-Burnished Brazil, Two Boys, Francisco And His Younger Half-Brother (Same Mother, Different Fathers) Thomás, Are Being Raised In Upper Class Comfort In Rio By Their Doting Mother. Five Years Apart, The Boys Are Best Friends And Unusually Close To Each Other So Much So That Their Intimacy Brings Vocal Concerns From Relatives That Maybe They Are Too Close. But The Parents Reluctantly Brush Away The Concerns. Fast-Forward Several Years With Francisco And Thomás Now Strikingly Handsome, Bronzed Young Men And Their Childhood Intensity Has Evolved Into A Torrid Sexual Relationship. But When Thomás Is Offered A Chance To Train For The Brazilian Swim Team In Russia For A Long Period Of Time, The Proposed Separation Brings Fears That Their Love Is Threatened. Spectacularly Shot Amidst The Mountains, Beaches And Grand Estates Of Brazil, This Intense Drama Does Not Just Live On The Controversial Subject Matter But Rather Is A Strikingly Evocative Romance Of Two Men Fighting Against Societal Conventions

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 28 2011
Format: DVD
This is one of those films I had been meaning to see for a while, and now wonder what took me so long. It is a Brazilian love story put simply. It tells the story of two brothers, who from the moment they set eyes on one another form a bond that is unbreakable.

Their mother has remarried, so they actually have different fathers, but even she thinks that the closeness of their relationship is odd. They seem to do everything together, and both have a love and talent for swimming. This leads the younger to be chosen to swim in the Olympics. On his return the enforced separation brings the brotherly love of youth, screaming into adulthood, as emotions take on a more physical nature.

That is obviously not the whole thing, there are family emotions and grief, but this is all told in a beautifully poetic way. This is presented as a moving love story, the participants just happen to be half brothers. It has a wonderful musical score too and is both shot and acted superbly. It is in Portuguese with English sub titles, only one problem is when there is some Spanish it comes up in Portuguese, but that didn't really put me off as it is basic stuff.

I see a lot of films, and there are very few that leave you feeling so enriched after viewing. I can not recommend highly enough, the time flew by and I intend to watch again in the very near future.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vitt on April 16 2011
Format: DVD
I guess when love hits you ... it hits you. Breaking boundaries and stereotypes, this movie showcases a possibly polemical issue with such a gentle approach that makes me really focus on the subject in question. LOVE. The Brazilian Brokeback Mountain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michel on Oct. 29 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Though somewhat unrealistic this film is about a touching and very tender love story between two half-brothers with Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires as background and yes the two main protagonists are gorgeous !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Smith on March 15 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Unfortunately I felt there was far too much about their younger days and not enough about
when they were old enough to realize what their feeling for each other were all about.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gil Uno on Nov. 12 2012
Format: DVD
**This review may contain spoilers.**

This film was just painful to watch, and my expectations were pretty low because of the trailer and stuff I had read about it that kind of red-flagged it as superficial & sentimental. I basically bought the ticket for the eye candy factor and unfortunately, eye candy is all this film has to offer and I'm afraid that eye candy can be pretty damn boring. The brothers-in-love are gorgeous, successful and oh so deliriously happy. All the time! Well except for a couple of brief funeral scenes where they get to 'emote' unconvincingly. (Actors would have come in handy)

In the first half the brothers are 12 and 6, or whatever, and we get to see, over and over, how close they are, perhaps *too close*. The mother and fathers, (the brothers are half-brothers. What a cop-out!) express concern, but being the sophisticates that they are, decide not to interfere with their sons' growing intimacy. The mother and one of the dads die yadda-yadda, and it's fifteen years later and the brothers are living a life of bliss in the family home (which has the exact same furniture from fifteen years before and everything still looks brand-spanking new like it was just delivered from Roche-Bobois that morning. They even have the same damn Volkswagen Beetle in the driveway.)

Anyway, what's a love story without conflict, adversity and drama, right?. Well, get ready for this, younger brother gets an opportunity to train for the Olympics in Russia (he's a swimmer, natch) which would mean the brothers' first separation!. Oh well, woe is effing me! Rich beautiful people suffer too, I guess. The older brother (the doctor, natch.) is "so consumed by younger bro's absence that he goes to a dance club and drinks a bit more than he should and flirts with a woman!!!
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