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Brainstorm (2000)

Bicho de Sete Cabeças (original title)
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 »

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Laís Bodanzky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodrigo Santoro ... Wilson Souza Neto
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Sr. Wilson Souza (Pai)
Cássia Kis Cássia Kis ... Meire Souza (Mãe) (as Cássia Kiss)
Dani Nefussi Dani Nefussi ... Neto's Sister (as Daniela Nefussi)
Jairo Mattos Jairo Mattos ... Enfermeiro Ivan
Altair Lima ... Dr. Cintra
Lineu Dias Lineu Dias ... Interno Jornalista
Caco Ciocler ... Interno Rogério
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Interno Ceará
Marcos Cesana Marcos Cesana ... Interno Bil
Luis Miranda Luis Miranda ... Enfermeiro Marcelo
Valeria Alencar Valeria Alencar ... Leninha
Gustavo Machado Gustavo Machado ... Lobo
Cláudio Carneiro Cláudio Carneiro ... Alex
Talita Castro Talita Castro ... Bel
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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 on his pocket. The marijuana cigarette is just the final drop that exposes the family tragedy. Send to a mental institution, Neto gets to know a completely absurd, inhumane reality in which the people are devoured by a corrupt and cruel institution system. The documentary type language used by the director give this movie a sensation of realty that increases even more the impact of the emotions Neto goes through. In the mental institution, Neto is forced to mature. The transformations that he goes through change this relations with his father. Written by Cecilia Bernardi

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Official Sites:

Buriti Filmes Ltda.

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

22 June 2001 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Brainstorm See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The odd title ("animal with seven heads") is actually a popular expression in Brazil, and is used to describe something very complicated or complex. See more »

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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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O Seu Olhar
by Arnaldo Antunes
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The Rise of a Star
12 July 2003 | by jungpfefferSee all my reviews

Until I watched this movie, I considered Rodrigo Santoro to be a gorgeous, yet average talented soap opera actor. Today, after being forced to admit to my mistake and recognize the extent of his gift, it even upsets me when people give more emphasis to his looks than to his performance. Santoro is clearly a star on the rise, and the sky is the limit.

If for nothing else, "Bicho de Sete Cabeças" would be worth watching simply to witness Santoro's performance. But there is more to this movie than its Leading Man. Based on the autobiography of Austregésilo Carrano, this is a courageous, heartfelt move about a young man's journey into the Hells of public Mental Institutions and his struggle to maintain his sanity. A must-see to all of those who have ever feared losing their minds... and all of those who haven't!


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