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From Beginning To End

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There are not a lot of topics involving consenting adults that can really shock these days but this searing romantic drama about two brothers who love incestuously may well be one of them! Set in a sun-burnished Brazil, two boys, Francisco and his younger half-brother (same mother, different fathers) Thomás, are being raised in upper class comfort in Rio by their doting mother. Five years apart, the boys are best friends and unusually close to each other so much so that their intimacy brings vocal concerns from relatives that maybe they are too close. But the parents reluctantly brush away the concerns. Fast-forward several years with Francisco and Thomás now strikingly handsome, bronzed young men and their childhood intensity has evolved into a torrid sexual relationship. But when Thomás is offered a chance to train for the Brazilian swim team in Russia for a long period of time, the proposed separation brings fears that their love is threatened. Spectacularly shot amidst the mountains, beaches and grand estates of Brazil, this intense drama does not just live on the controversial subject matter but rather is a strikingly evocative romance of two men fighting against societal conventions

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  • Actors:  Fábio Assunção, Jean Pierre Noher Júlia Lemmertz
  • Directors: Aluisio Abranches
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L03B3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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182 of 197 people found the following review helpful By eddiek on May 31, 2011
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Forget the incest part-even forget the gay part--i have never seen in film a couple so completely in love---the way they embrace and look in each others eyes when they fear separation makes me want that depth of love for myself like i have never wanted anything like it before-the actors were so good they made it look so real--i know its just the movies and in real life most times it fleeting, but the intimacy shown in this film truly makes me want to experience it for myself--the male leads are totally masculine and gorgeous but their relationship seems so real and again their love for each other seems so absolutely complete--Kuddos to everybody involved with this movie--especially the 2 leads---the interesting part is that the incest part in the movie sort of makes the intimacy so understandable--knowing and trusting from the beginning would affect everything in any relationship i guess-----watch it and you will melt at the end
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124 of 136 people found the following review helpful By cinephile on May 7, 2011
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Even though the subject matter may repel some, as the film begins, "From Begining to end" immediately immerses the viewer into the family life of brothers Thomas and Francisco. This Brazilian import is fearless and daring in many ways as its touches on some very taboo subject matters. It slowly creeps up to you, but once this drama sees the boys as grown men, it takes a very nostalgic mood. There is a very haunting aspect to this film that will leave you lulled and wanting more. There is also a certain amount of sadness eminent from the fantastic performances from Rafael Cardoso and João Gabriel Vasconcellos. Both these men light up the screen, and their chemistry was incendiary with a very fierce dynamic relationship that takes twists and turns in many directions but ultimately leaves you yearning for what was once between them. The film is pretty much about life changes and how some of the best times are hard to let go as mere memories. Both brothers, in their own way, must deal with life's changes and its unexpectedness. Very poetic and always eloquent in its storytelling, dealing with such difficult subject matter was flawlessly handled sensitively in the very capable hands of Aluisio Abranches. Brazil should be proud to have this film. It represents very well the beautiful people of Brazil, their culture and it give you great insight of a culture that is filled with traditions as well as strong family and community ties.

As the movie beautifully unfolds, we explore and observe a relationships and how difficult it can be to let go of the tie that binds
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 10, 2011
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Although the Brazilin film "From Beginning to End" tackles the very controversial subject of homosexual love between two half brothers, it does not try to persuade the audience of its rightness or of its wrongness. There is no "preaching" of its feelings. What the film, to me, really shows is a beautiful love story between two individuals that happen to be half brothers. Their love evolves and unfolds from early childhood with the film showing them as very "close" siblings--"rough housing", playing, taking baths, looking after each other, etc, The film shows a very ideal time for them as kids and their "upper-class" parents that only at one point question their "closeness". The film shows their childhood kind of just unfolding as childhoods tend to do. During this "childhood unfolding" Francisco and his younger half brother, Tom, fall deeper in love. By the time adulthood is reached, the two very handsome half brothers (acted wonderfully and very naturally by two beautiful Brazilian actors) are in a "full blown" love affair.

Adult love affairs tend to always have a problem or two. Francisco and Tom are separated and their love for each other is, of course, threatened. However, love wins out and how it wins out makes for a very enjoyable and very romantic movie that I loved. I "welled up" with tears by the end of this very beautiful and very romantic(with a very nice sound track) film indeed.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By tallgirlsd on June 6, 2011
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I happened across this video on a lonely Sunday night at home and decided to download it. I was so impressed. The absolute beauty and elegance of it was such a pleasant surprise. The love story was beautiful and full of real passion and feeling. I think anyone would dream of being so lucky to have a connection to someone on this intense of a level. I wasn't offended by the content or the nudity. It was what the movie needed to show the true passion of the relationship. I have recommended it to a few friends already. The ending was disappointing and the movie just seemed to stop without a real finish to it. Maybe an ending like that was in reality the perfect ending. Thanks to the film maker for giving us a look at unconventional true love.
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Lake Luver on August 20, 2011
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I watched this stunning movie alone, but so wished afterward that I could sit down over a cup of coffee and talk about what we had just experienced. I was sucked in completely in watching the adorable, loving and joyous relationship that the two young boys had as I had never witnessed siblings who were so immersed and satisfied from the mere existence of the other. It was like watching something "other worldly" ... theirs was a relationship to marvel upon. Only after they had made the transition to adulthood did it begin to strike me as awkward and make me feel a bit queasy because "I knew" that this was something the world labels "wrong".

That's when the window that I had been viewing their lives through and had started judging their morality became a mirror reflecting my face back to myself. I was the one that had a problem with it, they did not. It was a set of morals I had been taught as "right" that I was trying to hold up as a measuring stick to determine just "how wrong" I thought they were.

Francesco and Tom Tom had never considered their love for each other as anything other than pure and respectful and everything that true love should be. So I had to ask myself "Why is this 'wrong'? Who am I to judge their feelings based on rules and regulations I have been taught ... taught by a world that has created its own set of 'do's and don'ts' in telling us how we are allowed to love another human being?" LOVED THIS MOVIE!
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Don't open it. I think you should return it and ask for another new copy in exchange. If you bought it from a dealer instead of Amazon they should be able to correct the issie anyway. Unlike eBay Amazon has high standards/rules with their vendors.
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