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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 ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting depiction of small town life in a one Brazilian community.Published 2 months ago by Howard Lovely
A complete waste of time. The movie doesn't even merit witty/snarky comments. Keep looking.Published 14 months ago by Cousin DuPree
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 19 months ago by Basault