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The 3 Marias
The 3 Marias
Actors: Marieta Severo, Carlos Vereza, Julia Lemmertz, Tuca Andrada, Cassiano Carneiro
Director: Aluisio Abranches
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
UR     2005     1hr 30min

A sensational Brazilian tale of vengeance soaked in gothic imagery and biblical allusions, this cult classic is about a woman who uses her three daughters - Maria Pia, Maria Rosa and Maria Francesca - to enact a bloody rev...  more »


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Actors: Marieta Severo, Carlos Vereza, Julia Lemmertz, Tuca Andrada, Cassiano Carneiro
Director: Aluisio Abranches
Creators: Marcelo Durst, Andre Abujamra
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Religion, Family Life, Religion & Spirituality
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/26/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Portuguese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Vengeance in an Updated Greek Tragedy Set in Brazil
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 07/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As Três Marias (Three Marias) is about as theatrical as a film can be without confining itself to a stage. Creative director Alusio Abranches, responding to the script by Heitor Dhalia and Wilson Freire, has elected to film this story of gory murder and revenge incorporating screen visuals that transport the contemporary setting into the realm of magical realism. And it works very well - if the viewer is willing to sacrifice linear storytelling to the metaphor-laden technique.

The film begins with an extended silent view of a man and a woman in conversation beneath a bizarre rock formation: Firmino Santos Guerra (Carlos Vereza) is obviously trying to talk Filomena Capadocio (Marieta Severo) into not leaving him. Jump forward in time and the murders of three men are enacted in the most grisly of manners - one is hanged by his own intestines, on has his eyes and heart torn out, and one is burned to death - all under the familial guidance of the Santos Guerra family. The deaths represent the husband and two sons of Filomena and when she is told of the events, she stifles her tears with building hate and calls her three daughters to her home - Maria Francisca (Julia Lemmertz) Maria Rosa (Maria Luisa Mendonca), and Maria Pia (Luiza Mariani). Each daughter is given the obligation to hire a hitman to deliver the head of Firmino to Filomena. The story then proceeds to show the engaging of Chief Tenorio (Tuca Andrada) bitten by a rabid dog, Ze das Cobras (Enrique Diaz) who never has spoken with a woman and uses a 'translator' Catrevagem (Lazaro Ramos) to communicate, and imprisoned murderer Jesusino Cruz (Wagner Moura) whose protocol for killing is always to cut his victims in half. With this trio of hitmen the three Marias set out to accomplish their mother's vengeance and how this plays out is the essence of the film.

Shot in stark colors and contrasts and accompanied by an operatic music score, the film succeeds as a mood piece. The actors are all quite fine despite the fact they are playing archetypes rather than credible human beings. For a heavy dose of excellent Brazilian classical theater this film is sure to please. Grady Harp, July 06