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Product Description

Determined to escape their poverty-stricken lives, four talented young women living on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, form an all-female rap group but find their road to success is riddled with sexism, racism and violence. One by one, they succumb to their grim realities...until they discover that out of struggle comes strength, and out of strength, the courage to continue on. "Hyldon" Music Video; "Making Of Antonia" behind-the-scenes featurette, Behind The Scenes Featurette, Music Videos, Original Theatrical Trailer.

Review

"...an authentic and impressive piece of filmmaking." --The L.A. Times

"...Loaded with Irrepressible Energy..." --The New York Times

"...Intimately crafted..." --Variety

"...Loaded with Irrepressible Energy..." --The New York Times

"...Intimately crafted..." --Variety

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Product Details

  • Actors: Negra Li, Leilah Moreno, Quelynah, Cindy, Thaíde
  • Directors: Tata Amaral
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment / Sunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE)
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WM4R28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Antonia" on IMDb

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 4, 2008
Format: DVD
A rising feminist movement is a major theme of this Brazilian film about a hip-hop Spice Girls-style singing act trying to make it in the midst of the socio-economic problems of lower class Sao Paolo. That surprised me a bit, because I wouldn't have guessed that feminism was a new idea at this point in industrialized Brazil, but I guess I just do not know that much about Brazil.

At times, Antônia - O Filme seems like a spin-off, in a manner more typical of sitcom spinoffs minus the humor, of Cidade de Deus. It occurs in the same world, with the same kinds of problems, only this time from a young woman's perspective. The "spin-off" flavor is maybe explainable by the fact that some of Cidade de Deus' production team is behind Antônia - O Filme, too, and looking at the IMDb, I see that apparently there's a television show, "Antônia", based on these same characters and using these same actors.

Friendship is also a major theme, following these Brazilian Spice Girls--named The Antônias in the film--through serious roadblocks to philia as one by one, other things intrude on their lives and they have to quit the band.

From what I can discern, at least some of the Antônias have musical careers in real life, and they're certainly good singers. With the exception of an impromptu version of "Killing Me Softly with His Song", the music they perform in the film is somewhat vacuous to my tastes, and those scenes made me feel more like I was watching a film such as Stomp the Yard, but the grittier Cidade de Deus-flavored scenes were dominant and worthwhile if not completely novel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon on September 4, 2010
Format: DVD
Quick side note - my copy DID have subtitles, so not sure why some
seem to not...

A sweet, interesting mix of gritty, hand-held street style film-making,
with a much more Hollywood story - a melodrama about girl singing group
trying to make it, and get out of the ghetto

Ultimately a little thin on the character and emotional level for me,
although I'll take it over a Hollywood bio-pic any day. But cliché's
are cliché's, even if they're handled with more energy and panache than
usual. You can see a lot of twists and conflicts coming a mile off.

Also, some of the acting is pretty stiff - it feels like weak
improvisation. Per several articles on the film, the women were picked
for singing ability (which is very high, great voices!) first, and
acting second.

Most of the songs are terrific, a few are a little lame.

Bottom line, while not a great film,
if you're interested in the subject, it's worth seeing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. ravasizadeh on November 9, 2008
Format: DVD
What a nice movie! This is one of the best Brazilian movies I have ever seen!
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