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Mango Yellow (2002)

Amarelo Manga (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama | 15 August 2003 (Brazil)
Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Cláudio Assis

Writer:

Hilton Lacerda
27 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Dunga
Jonas Bloch ... Isaac
Leona Cavalli ... Lígia
Dira Paes ... Kika
Chico Díaz ... Wellinton Kanibal
Conceição Camaroti Conceição Camaroti ... Aurora
Magdale Alves Magdale Alves ... Dayse
Jones Melo Jones Melo ... Padre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José Sebastião da Silva José Sebastião da Silva ... Coconut water seller
Taveira Júnior Taveira Júnior ... Taxi Driver
Everaldo Pontes Everaldo Pontes
Cosme Soares Cosme Soares
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Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a necrophile in love with a bar owner, a transvestite, and many others. Written by <lukejoplin@infolink.com.br>

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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

15 August 2003 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Amarillo mango See more »

Filming Locations:

Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil See more »

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Runtime:

| (Festivalissimo Montreal)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The cast is great, but the director is not that ripe yet...
16 January 2008 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee all my reviews

Cláudio Assis won several awards at festivals for his feature debut, "Amarelo Manga" aka "Mango Yellow". His mosaic about some very troubled lives starts intriguing, and the talented, versatile cast (Matheus Nachtergaele, Chico Diaz, Dira Paes, Jonas Bloch and Leona Cavalli) keeps our attention till the end. However, Assis fails on the same aspects as other pretense "provocateurs", such as Sérgio Bianchi ("Chronically Unfeasible") and Larry Clark ("Kids" seemed to have some honesty, but "Ken Park" is one of the most unnecessary flicks ever made): excessive nudity (I actually think there should be MORE nudity in films, since nudity should be treated as natural by everybody; but this movie is a great example of how nudity should not be presented), too much visual and verbal masturbation for pure shock factor. I'm far from being a prude and that's why I admire directors like Todd Solondz, Lars von Trier, Pedro Almodóvar and Gregg Araki, just to name a few, who know how to provoke without being shallow, unlike Cláudio.

People like Tata Amaral, Jorge Furtado, Beto Brant (and let's not even mention the internationally acclaimed Hector Babenco, Walter Salles and Fernando Meirelles), have made thought-provoking, intelligent films, without being gratuitous or shallow. They are the real provocateurs in Brazilian cinema, something that Assis and Sérgio Bianchi haven't proved to be, yet. There's more to a provocateur than "sex and stomach": wit is essential to the mixture, Mr. Assis. 3/10.


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