The excellent cinematography was by Toca Seabra and music was by Carlinhos Brown and Beto Villares.
The film Stars Alice Braga as Karinna, Wagner Moura as Naldinho. Lázaro Ramos as Deco, Dois Mundos as Dois Mundos, Harildo Deda as Careca, Maria Menezes as Luzinete, João Miguel as Edvan, Débora Santiago as Sirlene, José Dumont as Sergipano, and the beautiful locations around Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
The beginning of film is like a riff on all the truck driving and road noirs, They Drive by Night (1940), Thieves' Highway (1949), Highway Dragnet (1954), and particularly Road Movie (1973) and then adds bits and pieces of other noirs, and every film you ever saw about two guys fighting over one girl, making the whole something new.
The films femme fatale is Karinna a whore/stripper who needs a ride to Salvador. Two "brothers" Naldinho and Deco, childhood friends, own a cargo boat. They overhear Karinna asking a bodega owner about any trucks going to Salvador. Naldinho offers her a ride if she'll put out for the two of them. Karinna dickers the price and agrees to go. Naldinho and Deco draw straws to to see who goes first with Karinna, Naldinho wins. The next day the brothers are in both love with Karinna which sends the tale and the crew sailing off to Noirsvilleas as jealousy begins to gnaw at their relationship.
|Karinna (Alice Braga)|
|Deco (Lázaro Ramos)|
|Naldinho (Wagner Moura)|
|In the bodega "a ride for a ride."|
The Cockfight Sequence
As things heat up between Karinna and both Naldinho and Deco, each brother jockeys for the upper hand, Deco concentrates on boxing, Naldinho goes to local mobster Dois Mundos (Dois Mundos) and begins to rob pharmacies for the Brazilian equivalents of Cialis, Viagra, etc. When Karinna finds out that she is pregnant, as you would expect, things build to an explosion.
A 10/10, and a good example of what can be done without spending tons of dough, a Neo Noir about simple people in convoluted situations. Bravo!