Salve Geral [Time of Fear] (2009) Sergio RezendeDirector: Sergio Rezende | Writers: Patricio Andrade, Sergio Rezende | Cast: Andréa Beltrão, Denise Weinberg, Lee Thalor, Bruno Perillo, Guilherme Santana, Chris Couto, Giulio Lopes, Taiguara Nazareth, Giulio Lopes, Michael Games, Kiko Mascarenhas, Octavop Martins, Paulo Americo | Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Foreign | Cinematography: Ulrich Burtin | Editor: Marcelo Moraes | Runtime: 119 Min | Format: DvdRip, Color, NTSC, Avi | Language: Portuguese, with English subtitles included in rar files (sub/idx) | Country: Brazil
Salve Geral was Brazil official submission to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 82nd Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Review (2nd Oct. 2009) by Débora Miranda (g1.globo.com) quotes the director as saying “It is a fictional film, and from another point of view it is a love story. I’m not a journalist. My objective is not to show reality, but to reveal it”. Débora Miranda concludes that the film is “a carefully structured picture of what led to the 2006 attacks, although it remains superficial for failing to fully engage with reality, and by synthesizing events which become weakened by being inserted into the story-line”.
Review (2nd Oct. 2009) by Ricardo Calil (Olha só, colunistas.ig.com.br): “… never defines its focus. At one stage it is a film about the relationship of a mother with her incarcerated son. Then about her friendship with a woman who is a lawyer for the gang, then the mother’s love affair with the gang leader … tries to cover everything at once … never manages to completely cover any of these films within a film … falls victim to that old mania of the Brazilian cinema, of trying to explain an inexplicable country”.
Review (8th Oct. 2009) by Zeca Camargo (Globo.com): “The best Brazilian film since … [fill the blank space with "City of God" ... "Central do Brasil" etc.] … I watch anything with Andréa Beltrão. I don’t need to say much more, because almost nobody would disagree that she is the finest actress of her generation” Camargo specifically praises the script-writing, which he considers well above typical Brazilian standards, and compares “Salve geral” to “Titanic”: both films show major disasters through a “small-scale” human story. He was also impressed by the performance of Denise Weinberg, who plays the role of the gang’s lawyer.
Synopsis: The film portrays the fictional story of Lúcia, a widowed middle class piano teacher whose 18-year-old son Rafael is imprisoned before the riots because of his participation in a car accident which resulted in the death of a girl. While visiting her son at jail, Lúcia meets Ruiva (English: Redheaded), lawyer of "the Professor", leader of the PCC (referred in the movie as "The Command"). The two women soon bond, and Ruiva starts using Lúcia in tasks for the criminal organization. Lúcia needs the money so she ends up accepting the mission, putting herself in the boundary between legality and crime. Meanwhile, The Command is experiencing a turbulent internal dispute for power, while facing a common enemy: the prison system. Salve Geral lampoons the mass media for generating panic among the population of São Paulo with its sensationalistic coverage of the riot and not revealing the real cause of the revolt, which was the degrading situation of the state prison system.
“Salve Geral” was selected from a shortlist of nine Brazilian films to compete with productions from 95 countries to be one of the five candidates for “Best Foreign Film” at the 2010 Oscars.
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