1 user 5 critic

Killed the Family and Went to the Movies (1969)

Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema (original title)
| Drama | 1969 (Brazil)
There are many concurrent plots in this film. The main one being the one in which a desperate guy kills his parents with an open razor and then goes to the movies. At the same time, other ... See full summary »


Júlio Bressane


Júlio Bressane


Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.

Director: Rogério Sganzerla
Stars: Helena Ignez, Paulo Villaça, Pagano Sobrinho
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

In Rio de Janeiro, after an altercation with his father and mother, a young man named Bebeto kills his family and goes to a movie theater, where he watches four weird vignettes. The first ... See full summary »

Director: Neville de Almeida
Stars: Cláudia Raia, Louise Cardoso, Alexandre Frota
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism.

Director: Leon Hirszman
Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Fernanda Montenegro, Carlos Alberto Riccelli
Bang Bang (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The actor of a film being made lives without distinction his own personal reality and his character's fiction. As the involuntary object of chance and circumstance, he looks for a meaning ... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Tonacci
Stars: Paulo César Peréio, Abrahão Farc, Jura Otero
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Urtiga and Santamaria are two mean, sadistic and cold blood killers. Santamaria claims that he has seen an angel, and is very mystic. They escape from the police siege in a slum in a hill ... See full summary »

Director: Júlio Bressane
Stars: Norma Bengell, Hugo Carvana, Neville de Almeida
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?

Director: Anselmo Duarte
Stars: Leonardo Villar, Glória Menezes, Dionísio Azevedo
The Guns (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In an extremely poor region in the Northeast of Brazil, a group of soldiers try to stop the population from sacking a food deposit.

Director: Ruy Guerra
Stars: Átila Iório, Nelson Xavier, Maria Gladys
The Deceased (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Woman who is obsessed with death wants a first-class burial for herself, and even buys a luxury coffin beforehand.

Director: Leon Hirszman
Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Paulo Gracindo, Ivan Cândido
Macunaima (1969)
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade
Stars: Grande Otelo, Paulo José, Jardel Filho
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha
Stars: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, José Lewgoy
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A road movie about a German man who went to the North East of Brazil in the 1942 to sell Aspirin.

Director: Marcelo Gomes
Stars: João Miguel, Peter Ketnath, Madalena Accioly
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The daily lives and routine of 37 families living in a huge 12-story building in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: their drama, aspirations, intimate revelations, loneliness, dreams...

Director: Eduardo Coutinho
Stars: Fernando José


Credited cast:
Márcia Rodrigues Márcia Rodrigues ... Márcia
Renata Sorrah ... Regina
Antero de Oliveira Antero de Oliveira ... The killer
Vanda Lacerda Vanda Lacerda ... Regina's mother
Paulo Padilha Paulo Padilha ... Chief of Special Police
Rodolfo Arena Rodolfo Arena ... Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Eduardo Dolabella ... (as Dolabella)
Guará Rodrigues Guará Rodrigues ... (as Guará)


There are many concurrent plots in this film. The main one being the one in which a desperate guy kills his parents with an open razor and then goes to the movies. At the same time, other violent events happen when two girls realize they are in love with each other. Written by <lukejoplin@infolink.com.br>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

1969 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Killed the Family and Went to the Movies See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The song the girl hums by the pool is The Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four". See more »


Remade as Killed the Family and Went to the Movies (1991) See more »


Ninguém Vai Tirar Você de Mim
Written by Edson Ribeiro and Hélio Justo
Performed by Roberto Carlos
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Brazilian Underground film is, of course, unconventional and experimental -- and so you've been warned
3 March 2006 | by debblystSee all my reviews

On an ordinary day, a man in his 30s (Antero de Oliveira), living with his elderly parents in a low middle-class apartment in Rio de Janeiro, coldly stabs them both to death in the living room for no apparent reason. Unstirred, he goes to a movie theater and watches a film called "As Amantes" ("Women in Love") about two young women (Márcia Rodrigues and Renata Sorrah) who spend a weekend in a country house and find their friendship turning into love. Other parallel narratives "invade" the film, including a man being tortured by the police, played by the same Antero de Oliveira (is he the same or another character? Is he a political prisoner or is he undergoing a police "interrogation" for his crime?) and flashbacks of the young women's lives, leading up to a tragic finale.

Julio Bressane -- barely 23 at the time and already in his 2nd feature film -- shot this indie film in just 12 days and his individual style is already recognizable: unconventional, fragmented story-telling, long scenes, acting and dialog improvisation, experimental language, abrupt editing, a musical sense of structure, and a contrasting visual treatment that alternates static vs. hand-held shots, high impact vs. "nothing happens" scenes, carefully composed vs. home-movie-like cinematography. "Matou a Família..." established Bressane as one of the top names of Brazilian Underground Cinema ("Cinema Marginal"), along with Rogério Sganzerla, Ozualdo Candeias and Luiz Rosemberg.

"Cinema Marginal" ou "Udigrudi" was a "counterwave" in the late 60s/early 70s that sought to "mess up" with the heavy socio-political commitment and grim nature of the Brazilian New Wave ("Cinema Novo"), by adding mockery to auteurism and allegoric symbolism, aiming at the "carnivalization" of culture with total artistic and financial independence (hence the one-buck budgets). Paradoxically, "Cinema Marginal" -- the opposite of mainstream cinema -- was in fact massively influenced by pop culture (comic strips, pop art, Brazilian popular music especially the Tropicália movement, junk-TV, the Chanchadas, the Cangaço movies, and trash Hollywood and Mexican movies). In other words, metalinguistic cinema with iconoclast spirit, "pop flavor" and sarcastic sense of humor that combined wit, mockery and kitsch.

As often happens with experimental movies, "Matou a Família..." is irregular -- it's alternately interesting and boring, intelligent and silly, impacting and frustrating. But it's a landmark of cinematic artistic independence in Brazil and, 35 years later, still has definite assets: the initial murder sequence; the structural rupture of the "film within the film"; the anarchic spirit that pervades the movie; the beautiful female stars (Márcia Rodrigues, 20, fresh from her star-turn as the "Girl from Ipanema" from Leon Hirszman's 1967 movie, and talented Renata Sorrah, 21, already impressive in her 2nd film); fine support from veteran Rodolfo Arena (who, in 60 seconds and practically with his voice alone, builds a complete character as the murdered father) and Vanda Lacerda (as Sorrah's shrewish mother); VERY bold scenes depicting police torture (remember this was filmed during the black years of Brazilian military regime) and the daring lubric scenes between Rodrigues and Sorrah, in a time when even the mention of the "L-word" was frowned upon. And, as usual with Bressane, his choice of soundtrack is fabulous -- great songs performed by Roberto Carlos, Mário Reis, Francisco Alves, Carmen Miranda and Ray Charles. But fragmentation takes its toll, and it's inevitable that the good parts are better than the whole.

Do watch this if you're into unconventional film-making or if you want to know more about Júlio Bressane's very personal style and Brazilian "Cinema Marginal" movement. Don't watch it if you're allergic to experimentalism and non-sequitur story-telling. My vote: 7 out of 10 (this rating is for the unrestored, scratched copy of the VHS release with TERRIBLE sound mix; it surely will go up when someone decides this historically important Brazilian film deserves a restored and remastered DVD release).

PS: There is a sexploitative, hysterical 1991 remake directed by Neville d'Almeida, which is interesting for completely different reasons, very different in atmosphere, style and objectives, but which carries the same spirit of artistic freedom, Brazilian flavor and mocking iconoclasm that inspired the Cinema Marginal movement (that d'Almeida was originally part of).

21 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed