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The Machine (2005)

A Máquina (original title)
Karina has 2 dreams: to become an actress & to see the world. Antonio is in love with her. He promises to bring the world to "Nordestina", a village in the sticks of Brazil. This backwater ... See full summary »

Director:

João Falcão

Writers:

Adriana Falcão (book), João Falcão (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paulo Autran ... Antônio no Futuro
Gustavo Falcão Gustavo Falcão ... Antônio
Mariana Ximenes ... Karina
Lázaro Ramos ... Doido Cético
Vladimir Brichta ... José Onório
Wagner Moura ... Homem da Televisão
Fabiana Karla ... Dona Nazaré
Val Perré Val Perré ... Valdene (Adulto)
Prazeres Barbosa Prazeres Barbosa ... Prazeres
Osvaldo Mil Osvaldo Mil ... Seu Neco
Cristiane Ferreira Cristiane Ferreira ... Maria da Graça
Fernanda Beling Fernanda Beling ... Jéssica
Aramis Trindade Aramis Trindade ... Doido da Mochila
Edmilson Barros Edmilson Barros ... Doido Discípulo
Karina Falcão Karina Falcão ... Jennifer Jackson da ZWZ3
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Karina has 2 dreams: to become an actress & to see the world. Antonio is in love with her. He promises to bring the world to "Nordestina", a village in the sticks of Brazil. This backwater village has 2 population groups: those who are leaving, and those who are thinking about leaving. Antonio leaves in what appears to be a suicide crusade - openly promising on TV that he will give his Karina all she could wish for, or he'll face a deadly machine he has invented. To challenge fate, he also declares that he'll travel into the future. The day he has to make good on his promises, all "Nordestina" is there, expecting Antonio to realize his promises. Written by Gonz30

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Machine See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Canção de Começar
Written by João Falcão
Performed by Mariana Ximenes
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Very touching film, a great surprise to come up from Brazil!
28 July 2006 | by springefeldtSee all my reviews

Very touching film, a great surprise to come up from Brazil, a country that usually exports features about social themes, violence, sex... Magical realism is a very hard task, and I believe João Falcão has made it wonderfully. It seems that he really didn't intend to make a realistic film, far from that. Although many people think the film was adapted from the play, he said in his interviews that he actually based the film on the book. Another mistake is to think that Falcão has been influenced by the series "Hoje é Dia De Maria". The TV series produced by Globo was made after the film, but aired before... Unfortunately.

The negative point is the photography, by Walter Carvalho. It seems that he didn't capture or understand the concept Falcão has created. The story is captivating and universal, in spite of taking place in a tiny little city in Brazil. That could take place anywhere in the world. A great movie, I strongly recommend.


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