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Guaranteed to shock even jaded viewers, Claudio Assis' debut feature is seeped in bold, sun-drenched colors. It is a provocative tale of low-rent losers set in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Assis' characters seemingly stem from some Carnival hell - a macho butcher and his born-again wife, a forlorn barmaid, a sinister sadist and the gay manager of a flophouse called the Hotel Texas. A cleverly interconnected script propels the action in this highly original film with its perfect confluence between style and story.
Portuguese with English subtitles.
"The movie's surreal flavor underscores its message: This is how the lower half lives in Brazil, and by extension, humanity at it most basic, getting along without the rose-colored protections that affluence affords" -New York Times
"Thoughtful and well made... A strong and original new voice in Brazilian cinema" -The Culture Vulture
"A Wildcat of a Film" -Variety
Mango Yellow (Amarelo Manga) is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
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The viewer is introduced to several residents and employees at the Texas Hotel which is a seedy run down place, the only home to several unique characters. Isaac, also called "the German" has a peculiar fetish and obsession. It is very bizarre ... There is a lonely, elderly retired asthmatic woman named Aurora, who recalls her life during more exciting times. There is a gay cook named Dunga, who has the 'hots" for a heterosexual butcher named Wellington whom he knows he can not "have"... Wellington is shown doing his work at the local slaughterhouse where a cow is killed and butchered, all of which is graphcally shown. The gay cook knows Wellington is cheating on his wife Kika. Wellington is very proud that his wife is a very religious Evangelical Christian. She reveals during a discussion at dinner that although she can forgive just about anything, the thing she absolutely can not tolerate is infidelity.Read more ›
But this film does it all wrong. Every character in the film produces a certain repulsion in the viewer. We are shown the grotesque private perversions of each character, their crude habits, lack of manners, lack of morals, and secret fantasies - there is the necrophiliac, the drunken leftists, the girl who never wears panties, the girl whose sexual fantasies include raping a man with a hair brush handle, the uncontrollably faithless and disloyal husband, the corrupt city bureacrat, the ridiculously stereotyped gay cook, the hotel owner who uses his underwear as a wallet, the old lady who masturbates with an oxygen machine, the girl who can only form sexual and emotional attachments to married men... the list goes on.Read more ›
I doubt whether the Global Film Institute accomplished its goal of promoting "cross-cultural understanding" with this film. I've lived in Brazil. I am embarrassed for my friends there if this were promoted as a sensitive portrayal of them. I generally try to finish a film and avoid judging the whole by the half. If these characters started to do things that redeemed them in the second half of the film it would be a violation of what happened in the first half. I regret having wasted my money buying this film and have more constructive things to do with my time than try to finish it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A complete waste of time. The movie doesn't even merit witty/snarky comments. Keep looking.Published 8 months ago by Cousin DuPree
Okay; I watched the entire movie...I must say, the script and story had promise but, unfortunately the film did not deliver. Read morePublished 10 months ago by BobWhite
Completely predictable plot is very thin, so movie relies on shocking visual for effect. Scene of cow actually being killed in slaughterhouse and scene of female barista's labia... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Basault
I enjoyed it because I like foreign films but I also liked the fact that I didn't pay anything to watch this one. It didn't seem to go anywhere or maybe I didn't get it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paul L.
With its good acting, writing, and production the movie itself warranted four stars, but Amazon's presentation of this movie on Instant Video is incredibly poor resolution. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Harvey Woodmeadow
Not that much of a shocker: the nudity was brief and the controversial imagery was more suggested than explicitly shown. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer