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Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005)

Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus (original title)
A road movie about a German man who went to the North East of Brazil in the 1942 to sell Aspirin.

Director:

Marcelo Gomes

Writers:

Karim Aïnouz (as Karim Ainouz), Paulo Caldas | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
João Miguel João Miguel ... Ranulpho
Peter Ketnath ... Johann
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madalena Accioly Madalena Accioly ... Mulher da Cobra
Jeane Alves Jeane Alves ... Mulher Amamentando
Veronica Cavalcanti Veronica Cavalcanti ... Maria da Paz
Jorge Clésio Jorge Clésio ... Funcionário dos Correios
Daniela Câmara Daniela Câmara ... Neide
Lúcia do Acordeon Lúcia do Acordeon ... Sanfoneira
Jan Doblado Jan Doblado ... Himself
Mano Fialho Mano Fialho ... Caçador
Francisco Figueiredo Francisco Figueiredo ... Rapaz na Estrada
Paula Francinete Paula Francinete ... Lindalva
Hermila Guedes ... Jovelina
Sandro Guerra Sandro Guerra ... Homem da Cobra
José Leite José Leite ... Dono do Restaurante
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Storyline

In 1942, the lonely German Johann travels through the arid roads in the country of the Northeast of Brazil in his truck selling aspirins in small villages, using advertisement movies to promote the medicine. He meets the drifter Ranulpho, who intends to go to Rio de Janeiro seeking a better life, and gives a ride to the man. While traveling together, they develop a close friendship, but on 31 August 1942, Brazil declares war to Germany and Johann has to decide if he should return to his home country and fight in the war, or stay in Brazil in a concentration camp; but the option of moving to Amazonas with the migrants of the drought seems to be feasible. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | German

Release Date:

19 April 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures See more »

Filming Locations:

São Mamede, Paraíba, Brazil See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on story narrated by director's great-uncle Ranulpho Gomes, who sold aspirins in Brazil during the 40's. See more »

Goofs

A character in the movie says that Brazil is larger than the United States not including Alaska. At the time of the movie's story (1942) Alaska wasn't a state yet. See more »

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Marcelo Gomes promises us
21 August 2006 | by bob998See all my reviews

The road movie is such a hallowed genre; I always think of Easy Rider, Harry and Tonto, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Thelma and Louise, and many more. You can escape from something, or go toward something, and I think Ranulpho and Johann are doing both. Ranulpho is the grouchy, sensual Sancho Panza to Johann's cool, resourceful Quixote; they work very well together--excellent casting.

If the story is less than gripping (we don't feel the tension surrounding Johann's status as an enemy alien, and the war seems comically far away, despite the radio broadcasts), the direction is often very accomplished, and the locales are brought to life with great care. I want to see what Gomes can do in the future.


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