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Madame Sata


Brazil / France 2002, 99 minutes
Dir. Karim Ainouz
In Portuguese with English subtitles
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / LGBT

Topics: Period 1930s.


Aroview: The underbelly of 1930s Rio de Janeiro glistens in this atmospheric drama about the celebrated João Francisco dos Santos (Ramos), a flamboyant gay drag performer who flouted convention and authority, achieving a permanent place in Brazilian folklore.

With a hair-trigger temper, martial-arts skills and drug-taking hobbies, Santos was destined for trouble and eventually prison, and debuting dir. Ainouz provides a skilfully rounded portrait of self-destruction. Redolent of gay identity politics, this gives the usual issues a fresh arrangement in a fascinating period framing.

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