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Product Details

  • Actors: Matheus Nachtergaele, Jonas Bloch, Leona Cavalli, Dira Paes, Chico Díaz
  • Directors: Cláudio Assis
  • Writers: Hilton Lacerda
  • Producers: Cláudio Assis, Paulo Sacramento, Marcello Ludwig Maia
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Import
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Release Date: March 22 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0006Z2NKE
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{Best Film -- 2003 Tolouse Latin American Film Festival}\n\n{C.I.C.A.E. Award -- Forum of New Cinema, IFF Berlin 2003}\n\n{APCA Trophy -- S?£o Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards 2004}\n\nWellington (Chico D??az) is a butcher in a slaughterhouse. His wife, Kika (Dira Paes), is a devout evangelical, given to wearing covered up clothing in a tropical city where skin is casually exposed all around. Wellington values his wife's religious conviction because it assures him of her fidelity, even as he carries on an affair with another woman.\n\nWellington delivers meat to the seedy Texas Hotel, whose flamboyantly gay cook, Dunga (Matheus Nachtergaele), lusts after the butcher to no avail. Aurora, an older resident of the hotel, is an asthmatic hooked on her oxygen tank, overweight, and terrified of the loneliness she suffers. Nearby, at a cafe, Ligia (Leona Cavalli), the barkeep, flaunts her sexuality even as she fights off the constant physical advances of the scruffy customers. One of those, Isaac, referred to as "the German," is obsessed with death, and buys bodies of newly deceased.\n\nAs the intertwined destinies of these "full dimensional people in touch with their explosive feelings" (New York Times) unfold, Assis offers a series of portraits of the people of this neighborhood--women and men, from children to the aged, of every shade of skin color. The hothouse atmosphere of Brazil comes alive in Mango Yellow, where lust and economic desperation combine in a volatile brew of provocative cinema.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars June 3 2016
By EDSON R SEVERNINI - Published on
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very poor quality!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie March 19 2007
By Geary Davis - Published on
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This movie really give a unique portrait of Brazil. It's well written and very well constructed. This story is MUCH different from the tons of movies that come out of Rio or Sao Paulo. It's a must see for Brazilian film lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie June 27 2007
By Elaine C. V. Hora - Published on
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It's a great movie, shows the real life in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, one of the beautest cities from Brazil.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lives of Quiet Desperation ... May 25 2007
By Erika Borsos - Published on
Format: DVD
Mango Yellow provides a look into the lower class life in Brazil in the city of Recife. There is a surreal atmosphere to the film because the characters are eccentric and exaggerated to emphasize certain aspects of their behavior and personalities. It is a film which allows raw expressions of feeling by those who are on the economic edge of life. The viewer is first introduced to a waitress who may also be the bar owner.. She is tired of her job and the lifestyle she leads but continues on ... providing philosophical treatistes while she serves her customers their favorite beverage. Her bar is the local hang out for many people. She fights off the sexual advances of her customers while also testing her sexuality and appeal ... They come to her rescue when she is challenged by a new customer, not one of her regulars.

The viewer is introduced to several residents and employees at the Texas Hotel which is a seedy run down place, the only home to several unique characters. Isaac, also called "the German" has a peculiar fetish and obsession. It is very bizarre ... There is a lonely, elderly retired asthmatic woman named Aurora, who recalls her life during more exciting times. There is a gay cook named Dunga, who has the 'hots" for a heterosexual butcher named Wellington whom he knows he can not "have"... Wellington is shown doing his work at the local slaughterhouse where a cow is killed and butchered, all of which is graphcally shown. The gay cook knows Wellington is cheating on his wife Kika. Wellington is very proud that his wife is a very religious Evangelical Christian. She reveals during a discussion at dinner that although she can forgive just about anything, the thing she absolutely can not tolerate is infidelity. Dunga wants to create trouble in Wellington's marriage when he realizes he will never have a relationship the way he would like with Wellington. The cook sends an anonymous note to Kika, telling her about a rendevous between her husband and his lover, he provides the time and the location.

It is at this point in the film when everything heats up and comes to a climax, literally and figurately. The owner of the Texas Hotel is discovered dead, likely of natural causes. Dunga is the only one who cares enough to find the priest and try to provide him a decent funeral and burial. Wellington is caught by his wife ... cheating with his lover. Kika engages in a most shocking un-Christian action. After this event, she walks home but is offered a ride by Isaac who happens to be driving by. The two of them engage in some very needy sexual behavior. The film concludes with the camera recording different people who live in the neighborhood going about their lives in their usual manner ... with some unsual musical accompaniment. This film records the desperate lives of people who live on the edge of survival and who have very little hope. It provides a glimpse into the bleak existence of many well fleshed out characters whose lives are very twisted and troubled ...This film will not appeal to everyone but viewers who like a strong film which makes a bold statement about life within a narrow part of the globe will appreciate this creative impression on celluloid left by the Brazilian director Claudio Assis. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7 2016
By Josh - Published on
Format: DVD
Great movie