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Artificial Paradises (2012)

Paraísos Artificiais (original title)
Two girlfriends visit a big Brazilian beach festival and decide to just let go. They enjoy the music, booze, drugs and on one steamy afternoon even each other. They also meet a young man and things can't be better. Can this paradise last?

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Marcos Prado
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nathalia Dill ... Érika
Luca Bianchi ... Nando
Lívia de Bueno Lívia de Bueno ... Lara
Bernardo Barreto ... Patrick / Nando's friend (as Bernardo Melo Barreto)
César Cardadeiro César Cardadeiro ... Lipe / Nando's brother
Divana Brandão ... Márcia / Lipe and Nando's mother
Emílio Orciollo Netto Emílio Orciollo Netto ... Mouse / Producer
Roney Villela Roney Villela ... Mark / Bearded man on the bus
Cadu Fávero Cadu Fávero ... Anderson / Nando's friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erom Cordeiro Erom Cordeiro ... Carlão
Francisco Lofferdi ... Policial Federal 01
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Storyline

Lara and Erika who is an international DJ are lesbian friends. During a festival where Erika is working, they meet Nando and, together, they live an intense moment. However, soon after the trio splits up. Years after Erika and Nando are reunited in Amsterdam, where he travels with his friend Patrick.Here he falls in love with Nando. But just she remembers the real motive why they moved away shortly after they met, years before. Written by lament

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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

4 May 2012 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Artificial Paradises See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$513,614
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Sparkling Girls: Episode #1.27 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Suppencaspa
by Magnetrixx
(p) 2012 UIVO Records
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Unexpectedly powerful film
16 July 2013 | by khlavguySee all my reviews

To preface - I originally had no intention of watching this film due to the relatively poor reviews found on this site, as well as what I thought would be a shallow story about sex, drugs, and raves. It was pretty random that I ended up seeing this, and when I started the movie I wasn't expecting to watch much more than 5 minutes of it.

Fortunately, I sat through to the end and am very glad I did. The artfully told story and solid acting kept me hooked, though some of the scenes were admittedly a little stretched out. The story is split into three time periods of the character's lives, switching back and forth throughout the movie. As the viewer, you begin to piece together the story and relationships, and make sense of earlier scenes until you have a full picture at the end, which will stick with you for days.

This is not at all the shallow movie I was expecting. Instead, it was a gripping story about love and drugs - how they shape relationships - and a deeper look into artificial paradises. Solid acting, multi-dimensional characters and great cinematography all add to the viewing experience. This is a great addition to Brazilian Cinema which I will add to my favorites along with Tropa de Elite I&II, Cidade de Deus, and Central do Brasil. I strongly recommend it.


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