Madame Satã
Madame Satã (2002)

A story inspired by the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 22, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Often captivating.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It's a vivid, emotionally charged snapshot that makes no apologies or excuses for Madame's behavior and lifestyle.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The film's non-dramatic but exhilarating finale is what clings most memorably.

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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

A myopic, histrionic picture that never lets us know why this legendary character is legendary, and worthy of our attention.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Madame Sata is only a chapter in Francisco's story, and even that feels incomplete.

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Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

Ainouz' script and style seem unwilling to explore below the surface. He embraces the story's physical details...without revealing much of his subject's soul.

Curt Fields
Washington Post

Director Karim Ainouz's film draws you in close.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A one-note take on a complex subject.

Kent Turner

Actor Ramos brings an extraordinary intensity and focus to this contradictory role, changing emotions and actions on a dime.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Lázaro Ramos delivers a ferocious performance in this absorbing character study that dives into the world of an outcast to explore matters like poverty, race,… More
John Ballantine
Captivated? Not really. Didn't sink in with me too well.
El Hombre Invisible
Very gritty film that takes place in the 1930's about João Francisco dos Santos, the legendary Brazilian cross gender dresser, pimp, loving father, outlaw… More
Ina S
Edgy, psychologically clever film, great actors. I like the choice of period (before he became famous, in 30's Rio), Lazaro Ramos is superb. Very intense… More
Stella Dallas
lazaro ramos was fantastic as the kickass carnival queen. a really passionate, energetic and colorful film yet not at all what you'd expect from a… More