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The Machine (2005)

A Máquina (original title)
Karina has 2 dreams: to become an actress & to see the world. Antonio is in love with her. He promises to bring the world to "Nordestina", a village in the sticks of Brazil. This backwater ... See full summary »

Director:

João Falcão

Writers:

Adriana Falcão (book), João Falcão (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paulo Autran ... Antônio no Futuro
Gustavo Falcão Gustavo Falcão ... Antônio
Mariana Ximenes ... Karina
Lázaro Ramos ... Doido Cético
Vladimir Brichta ... José Onório
Wagner Moura ... Homem da Televisão
Fabiana Karla ... Dona Nazaré
Val Perré Val Perré ... Valdene (Adulto)
Prazeres Barbosa Prazeres Barbosa ... Prazeres
Osvaldo Mil Osvaldo Mil ... Seu Neco
Cristiane Ferreira Cristiane Ferreira ... Maria da Graça
Fernanda Beling Fernanda Beling ... Jéssica
Aramis Trindade Aramis Trindade ... Doido da Mochila
Edmilson Barros Edmilson Barros ... Doido Discípulo
Karina Falcão Karina Falcão ... Jennifer Jackson da ZWZ3
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Karina has 2 dreams: to become an actress & to see the world. Antonio is in love with her. He promises to bring the world to "Nordestina", a village in the sticks of Brazil. This backwater village has 2 population groups: those who are leaving, and those who are thinking about leaving. Antonio leaves in what appears to be a suicide crusade - openly promising on TV that he will give his Karina all she could wish for, or he'll face a deadly machine he has invented. To challenge fate, he also declares that he'll travel into the future. The day he has to make good on his promises, all "Nordestina" is there, expecting Antonio to realize his promises. Written by Gonz30

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Country:

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Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Dança da Moda
Written by DJ Dolores and Fernando Catatau (as Catatau)
Performed by Isaar, Karina Buhr and Maciel Salustiano
Editor: Trama Edições Musicais
Programming: DJ Dolores
Fiddle: Maciel Salustiano
Percussion: Mr. Jam
Guitar: Fábio Trummer
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Very good, but too theatrical for me
26 March 2006 | by brasildelunaSee all my reviews

Let's be fair: there are no RULES for scriptwriting, so I won't say the movie SHOULD be something other than it is. I'll just state my opinion. OK, I really liked the script, the way things are told and characters are introduced. However, I think when a play is adapted to the silver screen, it could maybe try and fit this other media. Since this movie was directed by João Falcão, the same man who directed the play, it's not too much of a surprise that the film turned out a bit too theatrical. It's the man's first movie, for cryin' out-loud! What I'm saying is, there are parts in the film - like the city of Nordestina, which slightly resembles the set of "Hoje é Dia de Maria" - that feel like we're not at a movie theater. We're at the theater! Lines are spoken too formally, characters are moving choreographically, and the lightening is clearly meant for a stage. Sure, maybe that was the intention, but that's been done. On stage. Wonderful things have been made when adapting a play into a movie - the beautiful "Closer", for instance. When I went to see this one, though, I didn't feel like I was watching a movie. But overall, it was a good one, worth watching. It's a nice love story, funny at times and sad at others. My vote is a 7.


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