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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Gonzaga - De Pai Pra Filho - Warner Brothers / Downtown Filmes (2012)

I nabbed this DVD in Brazil in 2013. For some reason, I never got around to watching it until last night. The DVD has English subtitles. Below is a short summary and review.

The 2012 Brazilian film, Gonzaga - De Pai Pra Filho (Father to Son), is the story of Luiz Gonzaga's son reconnecting with his father after years of estrangement. The events take place in 1981 when Gonzaga Sr., "The King of Baião," is nearly broke and at the lowest point in his career. In an attempt to reach Jr. (nicknamed Gonzaguinha and Luizinho), Gonzaga Sr. reveals the story of his life to his son for the first time. As with most biopics, the events are told through a painterly lens of part-legend and part-truth. The costumes, acting, set design, cinematography and music are exceptional. While the film is sentimental and dramatic, it does not play as melodrama. The director, Breno Silveira, grounds the mythic Gonzaga Sr. in reality by allowing him to be a flawed human being. For fans of northeastern Brazilian music, Gonzaga - De Pai Pra Filho is essential. Additionally, it will give foreigners a rare glimpse into the pop culture history of Brazil, especially northern Brazil, which has been unjustly hidden.

Gonzaga - De Pai Pra Filho - Warner Brothers / Downtown Filmes (2012) - trailer


Luiz Gonzaga - De Pai Pra Filho - Warner Brothers / Downtown Filmes (2012)

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