Unique and colorful Brazilian take on the Greek tragedy about Orpehus and Eurydice set during the yearly Carneval in Rio. It is a beautiful movie full of rythmn, samba drums and dance moves that give the film an energy that is not found in so many other films. It must have been a perfect travel commercial for anyone who never had seen photos from Brazil in the 1960s. The cast ooze sex and coolness.
A retelling of the classic myth of Orpheus, only... you know... black. Vibrant and colorful, and surprisingly heart wrenching at times. It's a gorgeous and aching ballad of music and imagery, composed into a simple yet striking folk legend greek myth about love and loss.
Really mostly redeems itself on its production quality and its theme about life (with 'Orpheus' as a metaphor for the prime of one's life, while the carnival is the metaphor for life, itself). Otherwise, can't really hold a candle to its predecessor (the Jean Cocteau version). That the relationship between Orpheus and Eurydice is fast and fleeting makes sense for the theme. But resultantly, it hasn't any weight.