Biography of one of the legendary names in the Samba genre of Brazilian music. Although he could hardly dance or play an instrument, he became one of the main composers of Portela, an important Samba "school" in Rio de Janeiro.
I am writing this comment in the attempt to correct what I think is a great injustice; it is very rare that my rate is higher than the average IMDb user rating and this is one of these cases. This is not a great film, perhaps. It is imperfect. It has mostly static shots, and the production values don't compare to Hollywood ones. But it has enough of the essential qualities a film should have, such as a good story and a screenplay that tells it intelligently and heartwarmingly; it also has good actors (most of them anyway). The staging is stylized, rather than realistic; I think many people are not prepared to accept or even understand that. At the very least, its subject matter is very important for Brazilians; it has to do with the cultural history of Rio de Janeiro and, perhaps less so, of other Brazilian States as well.