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Saturday, July 24, 2010

THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD (OS FAMOSOS E OS DUENDES DA MORTE)

By D.E.Levine

A Premiere Brazil selection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Director: Esmir Fiho
Writer: Ismael Caneppele and Esmir Fiho (screenplay)
Cast: Ismael Caneppele, Tuane Eggers, Henrique Larre, Samuel Reginatto et al.
Producers: Maria Ionescu an d Sara Silveira
Running Time: 101 Minutes
Country of Origin: Brazil, France
Language: Portuguese and German with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

Beautifully filmed in the Brazilian countryside where there are spacious fields, trees and areas without crowds, The Famous and The Dead is an unusual film that has been collecting film festival awards.

A rather unusual story about a teenage boy who calls himself Mr. Tambourine and feels awkward as a teenager. An admirer of Bob Dylan, he attempts to get over his awkwardness by listening to Dylan's music, surfing the Internet, and watching films on the Internet that appear to feature one mysterious woman.

The viewer suffers through teenage angst, rebellion and longing. Instead of the crowded streets and rushed life we associate with Brazil, we are privy to the teenager's relationships with his mother, grandparents and friends.

The Dylan music is an escape from the boredom and frustration the teenager feels. And, despite the comfortable home and loving family, this young man feels seriously alienated. His search for peace and satisfaction are unfulfilled in the real world so he enters his fantasy world.

This is not a happy film but it is and interesting one. There's a wonderful musical score of Dylan and other classic original recordings.

Although there are issues unresolved at the end and left to the viewers imagination, one thing we can be sure of is that teenage boys are confused and awkward wherever they are located.