Brazil, 2002, 100 min., drama
The hothouse atmosphere of Brazil comes alive in Mango Yellow as lust and marginal existences combine in a volatile brew of provocative cinema. Recife is a major coastal city of 1.5 million people, but the movie concentrates on an assortment of working-class people in one favela—a jaded waitress suffering an existential crisis, a flamboyantly gay cook, a philandering slaughterhouse butcher, and his evangelical wife. They all emerge as “full dimensional people in touch with their explosive feelings...."
"The movie’s surreal flavor underscores its message: This is how the lower half lives in Brazil, and by extension humanity at its most basic, getting along without the rose-colored protections that affluence affords.” — N.Y.Times
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