Nice surprise. Emotional but never sappy. Beautifully shot. Evocative mood, right pacing, strong sense of time and place. Great use of nonactors: the old couple is lovely. Interesting soundtrack (and good sound, which is always nice to hear in Brazilian movies). The "lyrical" blog post voiceovers are cringeworthy, though — but this is usually true of teenage writing, so in the end they also did a good job on this.
A history of smart, strong, which reveals itself slowly and the spectator in a way nothing forced, and therefore easily assimilated, The Famous and the Dead proves that there is intelligent life in Brazilian cinema. There is prejudice against films of this or that country here, but movie is good even when it goes beyond the European cinema, Asian or Brazilian. When it's just film and well done.
This film is really wonderful. Is a visual poetic. The atmosphere come to we in cold and beautiful way. All your approach and your visual look, your analog style, show very good few eyes with good concept of visual beauty. The vision by this auteur, of the world, of the life, of the dead, is feeling much here. I saw this film 3 days ago, in the Cartagena Film Festival (FICCI), but I want see it again.