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Actors: Negra Li, Leilah Moreno, Quelynah, Cindy, ThaÃde
Director: Tata Amaral
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
From the producers of City of God and acclaimed writer/director/producer Tata Amaral comes Antônia, a moving, soulful look into the lives of four women living on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil. Determined to escape the... more »
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John B. (FilmFanwithCat) from MENLO PARK, CA
Reviewed on 1/23/2013...
Comments on this Film include :
(a)"Vibrant and UpLifting"
(c)"A Hip Hop DreamGirls..."
(d)"...This Movie will Impact You"~LA's the "Place Magazine"
(e)"...an Authentic and Impressive piece of Filmmaking."~The L.A. Times
English subtitles.Widescreen. Hyldon: Music Video.
and, Behind the Scenes featurette: Making of "Antonia"
Also, see www.EchoBridgeHE.com
Brilliant & Powerful
R. Barnum | San Francisco, CA | 12/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Powerful film...I saw this in LA with my girlfriend and even she liked it, and she's not normally a foreign language film lover. Great story..."
Cidade de Spice Girl Power
Farffleblex Plaffington | Parnybarnel, Mississippi | 04/04/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A rising feminist movement is a major theme of this Brazilian film about a hip-hop Spice Girls-style singing act trying to make it in the midst of the socio-economic problems of lower class Sao Paolo. That surprised me a bit, because I wouldn't have guessed that feminism was a new idea at this point in industrialized Brazil, but I guess I just do not know that much about Brazil.
At times, Antônia - O Filme seems like a spin-off, in a manner more typical of sitcom spinoffs minus the humor, of Cidade de Deus. It occurs in the same world, with the same kinds of problems, only this time from a young woman's perspective. The "spin-off" flavor is maybe explainable by the fact that some of Cidade de Deus' production team is behind Antônia - O Filme, too, and looking at the IMDb, I see that apparently there's a television show, "Antônia", based on these same characters and using these same actors.
Friendship is also a major theme, following these Brazilian Spice Girls--named The Antônias in the film--through serious roadblocks to philia as one by one, other things intrude on their lives and they have to quit the band.
From what I can discern, at least some of the Antônias have musical careers in real life, and they're certainly good singers. With the exception of an impromptu version of "Killing Me Softly with His Song", the music they perform in the film is somewhat vacuous to my tastes, and those scenes made me feel more like I was watching a film such as Stomp the Yard, but the grittier Cidade de Deus-flavored scenes were dominant and worthwhile if not completely novel."
No subtitles...no point watching
Ruby | 12/01/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is entirely in spanish with no subtitles or dubbing. If you don't speak spanish VERY FLUENTLY, you might as well not waste your time. Free or not, it is a HUGE waste of my time trying to watch this movie. This was a Bonehead "special" offer.