"A dazzler...sensual and picturesque...a fresh and inspired merging of romantic tragedy and social consciousness."
Kevin Thomas, L.A. TIMES


Orfeu retells the tale of the Greek mythical love affair between Orfeu and Euridice. In the film, Orfeu, a legendary musician and lyricist, is loved by all. His music is powerful enough to make the sun rise and compels everyone to listen. Orfeu leads a mystical existence and holds a position of high esteem in the shantytown community known as Morro da Carioca. The story of Orfeu and Euridice begins on a Saturday of Carnaval. Its action takes place among the least privileged people in Rio de Janeiro - the inhabitants of the favelas. Favelas are shantytowns, within the city of Rio evolving from small communities of workers and unemployed people into bustling, sometimes self-sufficient cities, ruled by violence and drugs amid an ever-increasing population and dismal poverty. On the evening of the Carnaval parade at the Sambadrome, Orfeu shines as the leader of Unidos da Carioca, while Euridice falls victim to a stray bullet. Wild with despair, Orfeu sets off in search of Euridice.
Original Languages: Portuguese
Genre: Drama|World Cinema
Running Time: 110 min.
Year: 2000


Murilo Benício (Lucinho)
Patrícia França (Euridice)
Toni Garrido (Orfeu)
Carlos Diegues


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