Milionerio e Ze Rico na Estrada da Vida (1980)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Brazil  |  
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Two rural musicians, Milionario and Jose Rico, star as themselves in this unusual Brazilian drama by Nelson Pereira dos Santos that features about 20 of the duo's songs. Milionario and Rico become friends in Sao Paulo and find employment with a construction company. When they play their music at lunchtime to an increasing audience of coworkers, the result is that they are soon on the street looking for work again. One attempt at cutting an album is undermined by competitive nasties, and just when everything looks bleak, the duo decides to make a promise to a saint in exchange for success. Taking a giant step away from accepted urban culture where rural music is taboo, Pereira dos Santos adjusts his scenes and special effects to his topic; they reflect the rusticity of films a few generations ago.