Me You Them

(Eu Tu eLes)

Me You Them
©Conspiração Filmes/Columbia TriStar Filmes do Brasil
photo courtesy International Film Festival Rotterdam
A very funny and, in its own way, very sophisticated comedy about a female polygamist who moves through life enjoying her own kind of freedom. Life treats her rough at first, but she finally manages to find the right men (yes, plural) and keep them under control while often allowing them to think that they are the ones in control. Based loosely on a real life-situation, this truly feministic film boasts a talented cast starring some of the most noted actors from South American cinema, stage, and television.

Darlene (Regina Casé), a single mother, marries her first husband for practical reasons, one of which is a having roof over her head. She does all the cooking, cleaning, and work in the field (ay, carumba!) while Osias (Lima Duarte) lazily lays in his hammock all day. When Osias's cousin Zezinho (Stenio Garcia) is thrown out of the house by his wife and comes to live with them, he immediately falls in love with Darlene and doesn't do much to hide it. Darlene soon bears another son after Zezinho enters the household as well as other more intimate places. The attractive drifter Ciro (Luís Carlos Vasconcelos), who also works Osias' land, enters the scene and winds up becoming the third husband-in-residence. Darlene enjoys a contented life with her three men in their poor little North Brazilian backlands home: one for security, one for husbandry, and one for the enjoyment of life. With her big grin and her buxom personality, she certainly has everything to dance about (and does so to the fabulous tunes of bossa nova legend Gilberto Gil.) Director Andrucha Waddington and scriptwriter Elena Soárez have created a deliciously simple and wonderful comedy with down-to-earthy tones.

Have a look at the other IFFR reviews
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Images of a Moving City
Die Bad
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Rusty Water (Nok Mool)
City of Lost Souls
Letter from New York City
Me You Them (Eu Tu eLes)
The Circle (Dayareh)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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