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Wilsinho Galiléia (1978)

Part feature film/part documentary, and using of real actors along common people who were part of the real facts, the project presents the story of one of the most notorious São Paulo ... See full summary »




Credited cast:
Gilberto Moura Gilberto Moura ... Ramiro
Ivan José Ivan José ... Chiquinho
Telma Helena Telma Helena ... Patricia
Cláudia de Castro Cláudia de Castro ... Geni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rubens Brito Rubens Brito
Fausto Brunini Fausto Brunini
Jorge Cerruti Jorge Cerruti
Sergio de Oliveira Sergio de Oliveira ... (as Sergio Oliveira)
Paulo Eudes Paulo Eudes ... Wilsinho
Luis França Luis França
Paulo Lago Paulo Lago
Luiz Carlos Rossi Luiz Carlos Rossi


Part feature film/part documentary, and using of real actors along common people who were part of the real facts, the project presents the story of one of the most notorious São Paulo criminals of the late 1970's: Wilsinho Galiléia. It tells about his crimes, his methods, the police investigation and then Wilsinho's killing by the authorities. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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1978 (Brazil) See more »

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The weapons used in the film were provided by the police forces of São Paulo. Though they cooperated with such, the ones who were in the actual case were forbidden to appear in the film - even though several witnesses and people who part of the case do appear in the film. See more »

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[Final credits] Three years later, 6 minors between 13 and 18 years old are surrounded and killed by the police in the outskirts of São Paulo. Among the dead, Ramiro, Wilsinho Galiléia youngest brother. See more »


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Performed by Grupo Aymara
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A very thoughtful report that almost vanished from view
11 June 2019 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

João Batista de Andrade's documentary on infamous and dangerous criminal Wilsinho Galiléia is a true finding that managed to survive time and become one of the greatest films ever made in Brazil. It was a TV project for TV in one of many episodes of Globo Repórter - for those who know the show, it was a lot different back in its first years since it allowed a combination of journalism with re-enactments by actors instead of the usual nature/health/social issues topics of our current days, all beautifully filmed and without acting. One broadcast was enough for the military regime confiscate the film and block subsequential views due to its violent nature and its criticism that authorities either were doing anything effective to catch the guy or when they did it was a whole set up that brutally murdered him instead of arresting him - and this was back when the system was slowly rehearsing a return to democracy. It was ressurected in the early 2000's (can't remember if a copy was found by the director or was one was found hidden somewhere; all I know is that many critics hailed it as a masterpiece, a hidden gem that could stand on the same level as many feature films or documentaries that received major releases).

Wilsinho Galiléia was a young cruel murderous car theft that was extremely brutal to his victims. As mentioned earlier, the documentary mixes real actors with testimonies from people who knew the 18 year-old criminal - like neighbours and members of his family (mother and brothers) - and re-enactments of his crimes with actors: Galiléia is played by Paulo Eudes (a weird casting since the actor looks like a 30 year-old then a 18 year-old). And it was filmed on a cinema-verité style that seems highly factual through the whole time because the acting feels convincing for most of the time; though some of the family's testimonies seems staged at times - so it's like the fiction became facts and the facts became fiction. Interesting fusion.

Andrade's film is a tragic trip to the memory lane of a different era and a reminder that the criminal types were few compared with today, they always had their minutes of fame but always paid some price. It reflects about not just issues of criminality, methods of murder, it's also an extended look on poverty and how it all affects - in some cases - the outcome of one person become marginalized. Wilsinho's mother was a figure worthy of pity. Taking care of five boys along, working hard to provide the best she could and with the resources she had and then...seeing one by one become criminals, murderers, jailed either in juvenile facilities or later on prisons. The horror and tragedy of wasted lives, not just that family, but specially their victims who were robbed and deprived of their lives just because the weak social/economical situation of an angry majority is a key factor for the violence a more fortunatue minority suffered. Never a justification, it's always a thought on how things really are. Powerful film. 9/10

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