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Famous and the Dead


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  • Actors: Herique Larre, Ismael Caneppele, Samuel Reginatto
  • Directors: Esmir Filho
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: WATER BEARER FILMS
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004WI10ZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A 16-year-old Bob Dylan fan, known only by his online handle Mr. Tambourine Man, lives with his mother in the remote countryside of Southern Brazil. Devastated by the loss of his father and trapped in a village he dubs the hole in the world, his only contact to the outside world is via the internet.
The arrival of two mysterious figures, the spirit guide Jingle Jangle and her companion Julian, ignites both a fear and a fascination that draws him into their seductive nether world.
Adapted from the novel by Ismeal Caneppele, Esmir Filho s much anticipated debut is a subdued, soulful and dreamily opaque tale that mines the themes of adolescent uncertainty and burgeoning queer sexual desire.

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Esmir Filho is one of Brazil best young up and coming film makers. ----Variety

Shades of David Lynch ----San Francisco Film Festival 2010

Esmir Filho is one of Brazil best young up and coming film makers. --Variety

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on April 11, 2012
A Brazilian / French production "The Famous and the Dead" ("Os Famosos e os Duendes da Morte") follows the story of an unnamed boy (Henrique Larré) living with his mother (Áurea Baptista) in Teutonia, a small town in southern Brazil with a large population of descendants of immigrants of German origin. The townspeople are all looking forward to the upcoming festival, but the 16-year-old boy (whose online name is "Mr. Tambourine Man") dreams of going to a Bob Dylan concert that will be held in the city, or leaving this place in any way, even though he does not know how to do it.

One day he encounters Julian (Ismael Caneppele, whose book serves as the basis of the film), a young man who has returned to the town. The boy is attracted to this forlorn-looking guy coping with sad memories of his love "Jingle Jangle" (Tuane Eggers).

Sao Paulo-born director Esmir Filho's feature debut film may remind of Gus Van Sant films and his minimalistic approach to the subject matter. The film is distinguished by its poetic beauty and the touching performance from Henrique Larré as the young boy feeling that he is stranded in this quiet town. Though set in a rural Brazilian community (that sometimes looks like somewhere in Europe), the film's theme is universal.

In spite of these merits, however, the film feels too slow, and the lingering camera shots, stylish as they are, become almost pretentious. The back stories of Julian and Jingle Jangle (as somewhat timeless existence, whose images the boy watches on the internet site) seem too forced to me. After all we don't know much about Jingle Jangle, so why should a 16-year-old boy be interested in her so much?

Beautifully shot and well-acted, "The Famous and the Dead" tells you a story of someone whose life he thinks is going nowhere - a story you heard many times somewhere before.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Water Bearer Films, Inc on April 19, 2011
I had never heard of film maker Esmir Filho until I caught this little gem of a film at a recent film festival. I now know that Filho is a noted short film maker in Brazil and The Famous and The Dead is his first feature film. He creates a truly bleak atmosphere for his main character, showing a life where personal and social growth are stagnated by the situation he lives in.
His work with the young cast is brilliant, showing a deft hand at telling difficult story lines.
A great film, worthy of any art house film collector.
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