Nice films with stories held in São Pauloby guisreis | created - 02 Nov 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Three other lists for Brazilian movies:
Great movies about/in Rio de Janeiro
Some nice Brazilian movies
Best Brazilian documentaries
I have also made a list of Brazilian movies with up to three films representative of each state.
Add: "Dia estranho", from 2014, directed by Flávio Rossi, with the participation of Paulo Miklos (I give it a 7).
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1. Brainstorm (2000)
74 min | Drama
A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »
4. They Don't Wear Black Tie (1981)
120 min | Drama
Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism.
5. The Second Mother (2015)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama
When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.
Votes: 11,383 | Gross: $0.38M
6. Bingo: The King of the Mornings (2017)
113 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Based on a true story, "Bingo" is a film about the man behind the mask. Augusto is an actor hungry for a place in the spotlight, following the footsteps of his mother, a stage artist in the... See full summary »
7. Califórnia (2015)
85 min | Drama, Romance
São Paulo, 1984. Estela gets through the troubled phase of adolescence. Sex, love, friendship; everything looks too complicated. Her personal refuge is her uncle Carlos and the trip to ... See full summary »
8. A Noite do Vampiro (2006)
6 min | Animation, Short
A vampire tries to sleep, but a terrible predator approaches.
Director: Alê Camargo
An expressionist São Paulo! Review watch it here: http://portacurtas.org.br/filme/?name=a_noite_do_vampiro
9. The Way He Looks (2014)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance
Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.
Votes: 20,885 | Gross: $0.10M
10. Castle Ra-Tim-Bum (1999)
108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A young wizard must create new spells in his magic book before the planets align. His uncle and aunt, powerful mages themselves, help him achieve that. Based on the award-winning Brazilian TV series.
11. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)
PG | 110 min | Drama
A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.
Votes: 5,741 | Gross: $0.76M
12. Romeo & Juliet ...Get Married (2005)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance
A Romeo-and-Juliet kind of love affair. The difference here is what sets the two lovers apart: their soccer teams. Being a fan of Corinthians, Romeu has to fake he really likes Palmeiras, in order to gain Julieta's heart.
13. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
R | 120 min | Drama
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
Votes: 13,297 | Gross: $17.04M
14. Friendly Fire (1998)
76 min | Drama
Brazil in the early 70s. Miguel, Eloi, Osvaldo and Paolo take part in armed attacks against the military dictatorship. They pay a heavy price with torture and arrest. Today the four friends... See full summary »
Part of the film happens in São Paulo and part of it in Minas Gerais.
15. Durval Records (2002)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Durval and his mother Carmita live at the back of "Durval Discos", a record store they own in São Paulo, specializing in vinyl records. They lead a boring and unattractive life, until the ... See full summary »
16. Penas (2012)
15 min | Short, Adventure, Comedy
Seeking for an explanation, a man stumbles across a story of fear, betrayal and explicit ornithology.
It is spoken in Spanish; however, it has been made in São Paulo. You can watch this short film in this link: http://youtu.be/KBvG7_zDYec
17. Fake Blond (2007)
105 min | Comedy, Drama
Silmara, an industrial worker and a woman of exuberant beauty, supports her arsonist father and gets involved with two different pop stars, from whom she learns traumatic life lessons.
18. A Dama do Cine Shanghai (1987)
115 min | Crime, Mystery
Real estate broker and former boxer enters an old cinema in the decadent downtown São Paulo and meets an intriguing and mysterious woman, very much alike the leading lady of the film. He ... See full summary »
Cinematography is particularly great, impressive! Many different angles and camera movements are successfully tried in brilliant frames. All actors also do a great job. Pace is not always the same, sometimes the film is not as entertaining as in other moments, but this is a very nice Brazilian noir thriller anyway. Congratulations for director and writer Guilherme de Almeida Prado. The screenplay is smart and imaginative, and so is the end of the film. In the final credits it is said that this is a B movie, but it's far from reality, as this is an artistically very careful production. Maitê Proença's beauty adds another nice ingredient to the air of mystery. There are some references to Orson Welles's "The Lady from Shanghai", from which it almost borrows the title.
21. Linear (2013)
6 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy
The line is a dot that went for a walk.
Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/55933290
22. Alice's House (2007)
Unrated | 92 min | Drama
Alice, married for the last 20 years to a taxi driver, works in a beauty parlour, has three children, the eldest of whom is doing his military service, and a mother who works as a maid in ... See full summary »
Votes: 587 | Gross: $0.06M
Family difficult relations, sexual (socially accepted or not) relations, male and female roles in patriarchal society, truth and lies, class differences... Very interesting movie. Amazing performances, particularly by Carla Ribas in the leading role.
23. The Devil's Scarab (2016)
90 min | Adventure, Mystery
A series of crimes against redheads scares the people from a little town. After the death of his brother, the 13 year old Alberto decides to investigate what is happening and is helped by the experienced, but forgotten, Inspector Pimentel.
24. 10 Segundos para Vencer (2018)
122 min | Drama, Sport
The history of the famous Brazilian bantam and featherweight world champion Eder Jofre, who tries to deal with his personal life and the obligations of a world class athlete, with the mentoring of his trainer and father Kid Jofre.
25. Vera (II) (1986)
88 min | Drama
Young girl spends her adolescence in an institution for minors, developing some masculine traits in her personality. In this hostile environment, she can only find some sympathy in a ... See full summary »
27. Underage (2013)
77 min | Drama, Family
Helena is a recently graduated attorney who shares her routine between her job as a Public Defender of children and adolescents in the Courthouse of the city of Santos, Brazil, and the care... See full summary »
Very well done film. Unfortunately, I lost many parts. When I watch it full, perhaps I change its position in this list.
28. Carandiru (2003)
R | 145 min | Drama, Crime
Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »
Votes: 16,853 | Gross: $0.21M
30. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2009)
89 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
In São Paulo, the lonely forty and something year-old guitar teacher Baby lives a tedious life in a low middle-class apartment and is addicted in her only companion, the cigarettes. She has... See full summary »
31. Angeli 'The Killer' (2017– )
145 min | Comedy
ANGELI THE KILLER is an animated series loosely inspired in the works and personality of the Brazilian cartoonist, Angeli, creator of the seminal magazine "Chiclete com Banana" and ... See full summary »
32. Amor Estranho Amor (1982)
R | 97 min | Drama
São Paulo, 1937. Hugo is a12-year-old teenage boy who came from Santa Catarina, being brought by his grandmother to return him to his mother, Anna who is a lover of Osmar, the the most ... See full summary »
33. The Milky Way (2007)
86 min | Drama
Heitor (a teacher) and Julia (an actress) dating for a while. A violent discussion over the phone does he goes on a mad way up his girlfriend's House
Very interesting depiction of São Paulo, with nice usage of music and traveling.
34. Natimorto (2009)
92 min | Drama
A talent agent summons a young singer to Sao Paulo in order to present her to a renowned maestro. While they wait for the day of the audition, they stay in a hotel room where, over ... See full summary »
35. Who Killed Pixote? (1996)
116 min | Biography, Drama
A small part of the film takes place in Rio but most of the story happens in São Paulo.
36. O Dia M (2008)
14 min | Short, Comedy
Almeida, a regular 30-year-old man, is forced to make arrangements for his death.
38. Stories of Samba (2015)
17 min | Short, Comedy, Drama
The film is based on lyrics from the very famous Brazilian samba composer Adoniran Barbosa, following the aesthetics of his time. Notable facts and characters of his songs takes us through ... See full summary »
Also known as: "Dá licença de contar". Watch it here: https://youtu.be/P5DV2I3CbIg
39. The Tenants (Don't Like It, Leave) (2009)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama
Valter goes to night school. Iara, his wife, says that the new tenants don't work, that they're probably criminals. Nobody knows where they're from, Iara tells him that they bring women ... See full summary »
40. Family Affair (2011)
12 min | Short, Drama
Rossi is spending his day at home when his older brother brings home a group of friends. Rossi tries to socialize with them, with surprising results.
41. Se Deus Vier Que Venha Armado (2014)
88 min | Crime, Drama
Set over 72 hours at the height of the 2012 attacks and counterattacks between military police and organized crime in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
42. Angels of the Night (1987)
98 min | Drama
Many exotic characters meet in São Paulo night, looking for love and adventure: Malu, a model; Mauro, the drag queen; Teddy, the hustler; Guto, the gay reporter; and Marta, an actress.
43. Domésticas (2001)
Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama
Five maids in São Paulo are observed in this episodic, impressionistic film. The women interact with each other, ride busses, work, and have longings: Rai for a husband, Créo for her lost ... See full summary »
45. Tito and the Birds (2018)
73 min | Animation, Action, Drama
The film tells the story of a boy who is responsible, along with his father, for finding the cure for an illness that is contracted after the person takes a fright.
Votes: 252 | Gross: $0.00M
It is not mentioned, but I assume that the story is held in São Paulo because of the characters' accent.
46. Boca (2010)
100 min | Action, Crime, Drama