Madame Sata

Born to slaves in the arid wasteland of Northern Brazil and sold by his mother at the age of seven, Joao Francisco pursued his freedom on the mean streets of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro. Jet-black, six feet tall, with solid muscle bursting through a silk shirt and tight pants - a cut throat razor in his back pocket. From a run-down boarding house in the heart of Lapa he shares his world with Laurita, prostitute and 'wife'; Firmina, Laurita's daughter; and Taboo, accomplice in petty crimes and "slave". The patriarch of this selected "family", Joao Francisco is well acquainted with the local underworld: he is on good terms with Amador, owner of the Blue Danube bar, where prostitution, drugs and police corruption run wild. Karim Ainouz's extraordinary portrait of the triumphs and tragedy of this explosive and paradoxical personality unfolds against the vibrant, sordid background of Lapa: thronging underworld of pimps and whores, of cut-throats, queers and artists, of dark bars and brothels thick with smoke, drenched in sweat and cheap perfume. A world run through with violence and raw desire, where desperate dreams spring from poverty and squalor. "Madame Sata" is inspired by the legends and myths built around the real life character Joao Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976), also known as Madame Sata.

Year: 2002
Genre: Foreign Language Films, Latin America Cinema
Country: Brazil, France
Director: Karim Ainouz
Starring: Lazaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui, Fellipe Marques, Emiliano Querioz
Duration: 99 Minutes
Rating: R16 - Contains violence, offensive language and sex scenes.
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Foreign (Latin America)



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