Antonia (Antônia - O Filme)
Antonia (Antônia - O Filme) (2007)

Friends since childhood, Preta, Barbarah, Mayah and Lena are backup singers in a rap group fronted by a gang of testosterone-laden men, performing to huge audiences in the favelas. Convincing the guys to let them perform one song of their… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 4, 2007
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jean Oppenheimer
Village Voice

The music, rhythms, and vibrant colors of the city are beautifully woven into cinematographer Jacob Sarmento Solitrenick's unobtrusive handheld camera work.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

...the unpolished actors and raw São Paolo setting offer an unusually authentic feel.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Each of the stars and most of the supporting players are real-life rappers/singers and not professional actors, adding to the improvisational-seeming naturalism that gives the movie an exotic insider feel.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Antonia explores cultural and sexual oppression with sensitivity and verve. The story may lack complexity, but it is loaded with irrepressible energy and a deep appreciation of female friendship. And that's always something to sing about.

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Los Angeles Times

An absorbing, often moving musical-drama from Brazil.

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Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

It's amazing what a limited runtime can do to focus a storyline.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

...a raw reality underscored by believable performances by nonprofessional actors.

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Jean Oppenheimer
L.A. Weekly

The music, rhythms and vibrant colors of the city are beautifully woven into cinematographer Jacob Sarmento Solitrenick's unobtrusive hand-held camerawork, while director/co-writer Tata Amaral reveals a deft hand with actors.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

With a charming quality, 'Antonia' avoids the triteness of many music films that touch on triumph, heartbreak, decline, and then a new, determined start.

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