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Once Upon a Time in Rio (2008)

Thiago Martins , Vitoria Frate , Breno Silveira  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Thiago Martins, Vitoria Frate
  • Directors: Breno Silveira
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002W2U8V0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Once Upon a Time in Rio" on IMDb

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D‚ lives in the slum quarter in the South Zone of Cantagalo. As the son of Bernadete, a house servant and abandoned by his father, he has learned the hardships of earning an honest living while surrounded by crime. Despite many misfortunes, he manages to keep his dignity by working as a hotdog vendor at a kiosk on the beach. One day while at the beach, D‚ meets Nina, the only child to a rich lawyer who lives in the Vieira Souto Avenue in front of the Beach of Ipanema. Love is born despite their living different realities in a city divided by prejudice and economic differences.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A present-day shakespearean drama in a 3rd world setting February 22, 2010
Being Brazilian, and seeing no review of this movie, I felt compelled to write a few words recommending it. Excellent film about an impossible love between a poor boy and a rich girl (an inverted Sabrina-like story, if you like) with a not-so-happy ending, much like a modern Shakespearean drama set in a Third-World stage. Though predictable, the script is a very good. Good acting, fast action, very good photography. Not so impacting like the document-stylish City of God, and certainly not so chocking. But the film portraits very realistic situations and reflect the true preconceptions, the parallel universes, and the divide between social classes in Brazil and specifically in Rio de Janeiro. A perfect tale about the downward spiraling effect of poverty: once you are poor, all your universe drags you even further down with very little chances of getting hold of a life-saver. This film is a good heir to Latin American reality cinema. I strongly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best brazilian movies January 7, 2012
By Gal
I've watched this movie yesterday and, as a Brazilian, I am proud of it. "Once Upon a Time in Rio" became one of my favorite movies ever. The plot is about a love story, but the boy lives at a slum (Cantagalo) and the girl, at the most expensive neighborhood of Rio (Ipanema). He had a very sad life in his childhood, facing the problems of drug wars around the corner. Although being a hard-working guy, nobody looks at him just as a human being, but as someone who lives in a 'favela'. One important point in the movie: all you see could really happen - unfortunately. The most interesting fact is the main actor, Thiago Martins, was born at Vidigal (a favela) and, although he became famous, he still lives there. Asked why he didn't move, he replied: "I thought of buying a house out of Vidigal to my mother, but I gave up. If I lived at Barra da Tijuca, nobody would ask me if I would move. I'm in peace. My background is there". According to the actor, there is another benefit of living at Vidigal. "I have the most beautiful landscape from Rio and people there cheer on me. Living in a slum makes me enjoy life. I am doing my best to succeed in my career and I am happy to show everybody that our community has its values". This is a very sensitive story. I do recommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful and sad... May 25, 2012
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I truly love this movie! It's filmed with very talented and passionate actors who really take you on a trip through their lives and love. Having roots in Brazil, I (and really anyone) can see the big difference in the social classes there. The education and chances for the poor are not good. The two main characters did an outstanding job showing their family lives, surroundings, friends, personal circumstances, and finally...the way that they fell in love! Its a sweet sad story, beautiful, but love in a divided country can be. If you see it, you'll cry, laugh and love right along with them...Obrigada!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it June 19, 2013
By Vanusa
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This film shows the reality of the poor people in Brasil! Also the reality of the drugs traffic and its consequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time in Rio August 30, 2011
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I thought this movie was amazing. It is def a must see for everyone! Drama, romance and action all in one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movie a definite recommendation July 24, 2011
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Happened to come across this one night on pay-per-view. Great story and absolutely excellent cast. The acting was excellent. You forget they are actors and are intently drawn into the characters. Love the setting in Brazil.
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