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Up Against Them All (2004)

Contra Todos (original title)
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"Contra Todos" is a story about the lies, treachery and vengeance of a middle-class family living on the outskirts of São Paulo. Four characters try desperately to change their lives, but are unable to escape their destiny.


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Credited cast:
Leona Cavalli ... Cláudia
Sílvia Lourenço Sílvia Lourenço ... Soninha
Ailton Graça ... Waldomiro
Giulio Lopes ... Teodoro
Martha Meola Martha Meola ... Terezinha
Dionísio Neto Dionísio Neto ... Lindoval
Gustavo Machado Gustavo Machado ... Marcão
Paula Pretta Paula Pretta ... Claudete
Ismael de Araújo Ismael de Araújo ... Júlio
Laís Marques ... Regina
Waterloo Gregório Waterloo Gregório ... Luiz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alessandro Azevedo Alessandro Azevedo ... Tião
Sergio Cavalcante Sergio Cavalcante ... Irmão Terezinha
Elder Fraga Elder Fraga ... Rapaz do bar
Sérgio Pardal Sérgio Pardal ... Líder dos Carecas


In the periphery of São Paulo, the very low middle-class dysfunctional and hypocrite family of Teodoro, Cláudia and the teenager Soninha have deep secrets. The religious Teodoro is indeed a hit-man, hired to kill people in the neighborhood with his friend Waldomiro. He has a lover, the very devout woman Terezinha, and he wants to regenerate, going to the country with her. Cláudia has a young lover, Júlio, who delivers meats for his father's butcher shop. Soninha is a common sixteen years old teenager of the periphery, having active sexual life, smoking grass and loving heavy metal. When Júlio is killed and castrated in their neighborhood, the lives of the members of the family change. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

21 April 2004 (Macao) See more »

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Up Against Them All See more »

Filming Locations:

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)


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so far the best Brazilian film of this year
26 November 2004 | by jgcorreaSee all my reviews

Brazilian films often get more positive appraisals than they actually deserve. Rather incredibly, Contra Todos (Against Everybody) (original title, which the producers discarded: God Against Everybody) got very low GPA (grade point average) in this website. It seems to be bluntly rejected by female spectators at large. Actually, it is not so brutal. I mean as far as graphical violence is concerned. Its brutality is intrinsic as it portrays would-be lumpens, I mean underdog citizens who in fact possess high-tech equipment, who coldly perform murder orders in exchange of "grana graúda". Is this post-modern man? Is his/her only worry a quick, almost impersonal, ultra permissive lay, amidst over satiating meals ? The picture is probably the best Brazilian film of 2004, so far. Its shining editing style, à la Godard, its curious soundtrack counterpoints, its more than efficient overall cast and, above all, its original narration, with subtle non-chronological hidden points that only come to light in the epilogue, deserve at least an 8 mark.

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