13 October 2006 | RuiCraveiro
A new fresh air for Portuguese comedy movies...
At least two Portuguese movies made a furor at the time: the thrilling drama "O lugar do morto" (that caused controversy at the time) and the comedy "A crónica dos bons malandros"
Based on the novel of the same name as the movie, "A crónica dos bons malandros" (subtitled as "Chornicle of the good rascals" or "Thick as thieves"), by the journalist Mário Zambujal, it's a defined story about a peaceful gang that will make their biggest robbery yet, commissioned by an Italian: stealing jewels at the Gulbenkian Museum, using bees... no guns, no shots, nothing dangerous...
With the story beginning to fold on, we can see the reason why the 7 members of that gang (Marlene, Renato's fiancée (Lia Gama), Renato, the peaceful (João Perry), Adelaide, the Slim-Lide (Maria do Céu Guerra), Pedro, the rightful (Nicolau Breyner), Flávio, the doctor (Pedro Bandeira Freire), Arnaldo, the stunt (Paulo de Carvalho, on one of his very rare acting scenes, as he is a real singer) and Silvino, the steak brat (Nuno Duarte) had come together
Problems will start to happen with the gang, but it's better to see it for yourselves, if you didn't read the novel or saw the film before
All these seven actors were perfect for the roles in the movie, and have a highly impressive charisma to them. Also a great mention to Zita Duarte, on her role of Lina, the quick-stubborn woman that helped Adelaide in tough times, and to her full-mouthed words, another stir at the time, but funny at the same time
This Portuguese movie is really a must see. It doesn't have the 40's/50's skeptic comedy movie's style, but it has a very modern style for the time being