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Even though it’s over, Rio 2016 is what is trending right now. In order to get a complete Brazilian experience, there’s nothing like settling down with some top Brazilian movies (especially if you are like me that can’t travel). Here are a few cinema releases that capture the essence and realities of the Olympic host country:


central station brazilian film

  1. Central Station (1998)

This is an intriguing story by Walter Salles. The plot of the movie is centered around the dealings of Dora an embittered school teacher who writes letters for illiterate customers. She encounters an orphan who lost his mother and was on a journey to find his father. Through tough choices and obstacles, these two embark on the journey together. The movie captures the encounter of two lost souls that with the aid of each other found their way back. The movie is timeless as the plot can still apply to our current society. This would be a great start to an adventure of top Brazilian movies.


city of God brazilian movie

  1. City of God (2002)

This is a Brazilian crime drama that was adapted from the book written by Paulo Lins. It is based on a true story that happened in the 1960s. In the slums of Rio, two boys’ lives take different paths. Buscape is a poor fisherman who wants to be a photographer. He feels like life in the neighborhood will not change unless the truth is exposed through pictures.


the second mother brazilian film

  1. The Second Mother (2015)

This is closer to the recent times. This is a humorous and moving film about a live-in maid of an affluent Sao Paulo family. Val the maid has decided to make this the center of her life as she wants to make a better life for her family. Things begin to change when her 18-year-old daughter comes to stay with her while she applies to University. This is a modern day drama of class and generation written and directed by Anna Mylert.


senna brazilian film

  1. Senna (2010)

This is not entirely a Brazilian film but since we are in the mood of sports, this is a perfect fit. It centres around the life of Ayrton Senna da Silva who was a Brazilian racing driver. He had won three British formula one world championship in 1988, 1990 and 1991 and was regarded as one of the greatest formula one drivers of all time. In honour of his memory as a great sports man, the movie Senna was made.


black orpheus brazilian film

  1. Black Orpheus (1959)

The movies depicted only black Brazilian characters which at that time was ground breaking given the circumstance, though the breakthrough has been given a re-evaluation. The movie is an adaption of the Greek mythology of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. It is an amazing love story that gives hope and meaning.

These top Brazilian movies will give you an essential all round idea of the country. Maybe you will learn a little and who knows, maybe fall in love with the beautiful country.


Written by Nkem Ikeh

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