10 August 2013 | claudio_carvalho
To Live Without Knowing the Past Is to Live in the Dark
In 1566, in Guanabara, the Tupinambá warrior Abeguar is in love with Janaína. When a jaguar attacks Abeguar and Janaína, he jumps off a cliff with her and he flies. The shaman advises Abeguar that he was the chosen one by the god Munhã to lead his tribe and fight against the evil Anhangá. When the tribe leader Piatã joins the French in the fight against the Portuguese, the entire Tupinambás are slaughtered and Abeguar turns into a bird that flies for more than two hundred years to find Janaina.
In 1825, the warrior is Manuel Balaio that lives with Janaína and their two daughters in Maranhão. When one of his daughters is raped by the abusive police commander, Balaio leads the oppressed locals against the police and they take down the Caxias city. The government sends Duque de Caxias and his troops that vanquish the rebels and Balaio turns into a bird again that flies for more than one hundred and forty years to find Janaína again.
In 1968, in Rio, the warrior is Cau, but Janaína is a revolutionary student that lives with another insurgent. When Cau and Janaína are arrested by the repressive police, Cau rats the insurgents to protect Janaína from the torture and he becomes an outcast by his former fellows. Only the jailer Feijão talks to him and Cau teaches him politics. With the amnesty, Cau moves to the slums with Feijão and becomes a teacher and member of the criminal group Falange Vermelha. When the police invade the slum, Cau turns into a bird again that flies for more than one hundred years to find Janaína again.
In 2096, in Rio de Janeiro, very few people can afford water that is mostly used in the ethanol plantations by the governmental company Aquabrás. The warrior is now a journalist and Janaína a call-girl. When the president of Aquabrás is kidnapped by a group of insurgents, the warrior sees Janaína on television and heads to Aquabrás to save her.
"Uma História de Amor e Fúria" (meaning "A Story of Love and Fury") is an unconventional Brazilian animation with dramatic highlights of moments of oppression, uprising of the oppressed people and love of the Brazilian history. This animation was awarded with Cristal award in the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in the Best Feature category but unfortunately is neither known in Brazil nor overseas. It is amazing that this is the first review in IMDb. Last but not the least; this is not an entertaining animation but a story to be reflected. As the immortal warrior says in his last sentence, "to live without knowing the past is to live in the dark". My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Uma História de Amor e Fúria" ("A Story of Love and Fury")