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Madame Satã (2002)

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Loose portrait of João Francisco dos Santos, also known as Madame Satã, a sometime chef, transvestite, lover, father, hero and convict from Rio de Janeiro.

Director:

Karim Aïnouz (as Karim Ainouz)

Writers:

Karim Aïnouz (as Karim Ainouz), Marcelo Gomes | 2 more credits »
23 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lázaro Ramos ... João Francisco dos Santos / Madame Satã
Marcelia Cartaxo ... Laurita
Flavio Bauraqui Flavio Bauraqui ... Tabu
Fellipe Marques Fellipe Marques ... Renatinho
Renata Sorrah ... Vitória
Emiliano Queiroz ... Amador
Giovana Barbosa Giovana Barbosa ... Firmina
Ricardo Blat ... José
Guilherme Piva Guilherme Piva ... Álvaro
Marcelo Valle Marcelo Valle ... Delegado
Floriano Peixoto ... Gregório
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Agapito
Gláucio Gomes Gláucio Gomes ... Gordo no Danúbio (Fat man)
Orã Figueiredo Orã Figueiredo ... Policial
Karine Teles
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Storyline

A story inspired by the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos--better known as Madame Satã--was also a notorious gay performer who pushed social boundaries in a volatile time. The story begins in 1932, in Rio de Janeiro's bohemian Lapa district, when João Francisco is about to achieve his dream: becoming a stage star. In the sordid yet lively world of Lapa--populated by pimps, prostitutes and other denizens of Rio's underworld--João battles the streets and presides over a surrogate family that includes the charming prostitute Laurita, and her baby daughter whom everyone dotes on; the flamboyant hustler Taboo; João's teenage lover, Renatinho; and Amador, the owner of the Blue Danube club which is their second home. It is at the Blue Danube that street tough João begins to sing, and the mythic drag... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Brazil | France

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Μαντάμ Σατανάς See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,654, 13 July 2003

Gross USA:

$198,309

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$419,046
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Karim Aïnouz. See more »

Crazy Credits

The names of the major characters and the performers portraying them and the roles and names of the major contributors (director, etc) are shown in gold and red sequins respectively, interspersed with scenes of Madame Sata performing. Once the credits reach the minor performers and contributors the credits revert to a standard scrolling format, albeit with an unusual font, on a red/ black background. See more »

Connections

Features Princesse Tam-Tam (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Se Voce Juara
Written by Ismael Silva, Nilton Bastos and Francisco Alves
Performed by Francisco Alves and Mário Reis
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Cinematic Gem
13 December 2004 | by artguy822See all my reviews

Built on subtly-nuanced performances by an outstanding cast, this film is a real cinematic gem. From the period costumes to the cinematography to the music, everything fits together. Lazaro Ramos as Joao Francisco dos Santos gives a tour de force performance especially powerful given the range of emotions necessary for the role. But all of the actors shine, under the demanding, gifted direction of Mr. Anouz. In some very long takes, for instance when Laurita tells dos Santos of the death of Rehatindho, all aspects of the craft are called into play. It cannot have been easy to maintain for such a long take.

The story is inspirational in the sense that the human spirit triumphs, love fulfills, talent overcomes in even the most sordid circumstances. Whether in Berlin or Brazil, life is, most certainly, a cabaret.


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