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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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  • Actors: Matheus Nachtergaele, Jonas Bloch
  • Directors: Cláudio Assis
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z2NKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,526 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on May 25, 2007
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Mango Yellow provides a look into the lower class life in Brazil in the city of Recife. There is a surreal atmosphere to the film because the characters are eccentric and exaggerated to emphasize certain aspects of their behavior and personalities. It is a film which allows raw expressions of feeling by those who are on the economic edge of life. The viewer is first introduced to a waitress who may also be the bar owner.. She is tired of her job and the lifestyle she leads but continues on ... providing philosophical treatistes while she serves her customers their favorite beverage. Her bar is the local hang out for many people. She fights off the sexual advances of her customers while also testing her sexuality and appeal ... They come to her rescue when she is challenged by a new customer, not one of her regulars.

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.
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This movie is part of an ongoing trend in Brazilian cinema (and arts) - the artistic representation of the low brow poor (in this case northeastern) other for the consumption of the high brow modern Brazilian art consumer. It is a motif of Brazilian art that goes at least as far back as Aluizio Azevedo's depictions of 19th century poor people in Casa de Pensao and o Cortico (and includes paintings by Portinari and books by authors like Graciliano Ramos). When done right, I suppose such art serves to bridge the gap between the represented other - the Sertanejo, the urban poor, the nordestino - and the art consumer - the urban Paulistano or Carioca moviegoer or book reader. When done right, the sophisticated, urban Brazilian consumer might feel more empathy with and sympathy for the social classes whose very selection as the object of artistic representation is testament to great distance that separates such modern, urban Brazilians from the people whose lives are represented in such films and books.

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.
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I pretty much enjoyed it. The story revolves around the interactions among a group of characters in some way connected to a seedy hotel. It takes a strong stomach to watch the slaughter and butchering of the cow. Watch for the memorable response from the waitress when asked if her hair is dyed. I think the movie gives a fairly accurate idea of daily life for poor inhabitants of a big Brazilian city, and this view of another culture is one thing I enjoy about foreign films.
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Okay; I watched the entire movie...I must say, the script and story had promise but, unfortunately the film did not deliver. Don't get me wrong, I really liked the essential elements of the film (underlying story, the way it is revealed, the acting, the casting, etc.). But it could have been done better -- *just slightly*.

Another thing, the description indicates something like...'even the most jaded viewers will be shocked'...or some such nonsense. I don't know what audience that description was directed at...but if you are truly jaded and desensitized; this film will *not* present any "shocking" material. If you're looking for shocking, go setup an account with "theYNC.com". Ogish was once the place to go for that stuff, but once it morphed into LiveLeak, it lost it's edge. At any rate, if you're looking to be shocked and desensitized, go to 'theYNC.com'. Otherwise, if you want a somewhat gritty film with an interesting plot and interesting characters, then give this a try. It's not for everyone, but it is for some.

~Bob
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