Madame Sata

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Released 2002

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Madame Sata

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Director:
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Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Madame Sata is a 2002 Franco-Brazilian film directed by Karim Ainouz that tells the true life story of Joao Francisco dos Santos, a notorious gay performer better known as Madame Sata. Born in 1900, Joao lived in Rio de Janeiro's Lapa district, a bohemian enclave known for artists and the sexually liberal. Joao achieves his dream of being a star on the stage by working the streets as a prostitute during the day and bouncing from one club to the next at night. Joao becomes a "street mother" to fellow outcasts, including another prostitute, her daughter, a hustler, a nightclub owner, and Sata's lover Renatinho. Joao's gets caught in the petty crime of the Lapa underworld, and eventually finds himself in in jail for the charge of murder. Starring Lazaro Ramos as Joao, Madame Sata also features Marcella Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui, Fellipe Marques, Giovana Barbosa, Renata Sorrah, and Emiliano Quieroz.

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  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    In his thrilling feature debut, Madame Sata, Brazilian filmmaker Karim Ainouz doesn't glorify dos Santos but examines the hot, reckless fever of his life in all its thorny complexity.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    It is a voluptuous, hot-blooded portrait of a social outcast, a black, homosexual criminal who in acting out his gaudiest Hollywood dreams, transcendently reinvented himself.

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    While it's a little shapeless and dramatically overwrought, the film remains entertaining thanks to its fascinating subject, sharp visuals and fiercely proud central performance.

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Historical, Crime, Foreign Language