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Almost Two Brothers

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Original title
Quase Dois Irmãos
Running time
102 min.
Brazil Brazil
Lucía Murat, Paulo Lins
Nana Vasconcelos
Jacob Solitrenick
Co-production Brazil-Chile-France;
Synopsis / Plot
On the 70's, Brazil lived under a military dictatorship, when many political prisoners were incarcerated in a penitentiary in Ilha Grande, located on the coast of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Their contact with the common prisoners at the time is an important part of the history of violence in which the country stands today. "Almost Brothers" ("Quase Dois Irmãos") shows how the intimate relation and the established conflict between these two worlds created the Red Command, which later came to dominate the drug trafficking throughout the country. Through two characters, Miguel, an intellectualized middle-class young man, political prisoner in Ilha Grande and today a member of Congress, and Jorge, the son of a samba composer that from a small burglar turns out becoming one the leaders of the Red Command, the film has as background the Brazilian political history of the last 50 years, larded by popular music, the link point between these two worlds. Today, a new encounter: Miguel has a daughter who is fascinated by the slums and transgression, and dates a young drug dealer. A new cycle begins.
2005: Mar del Plata Film Festival: Best Ibero American Film
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