Synopsis by Mark Deming
Money may be the root of all evil, but that doesn't stop people from taking notice when it begins falling from the sky in this satiric comedy from Brazil. In Fim de Linha (aka End of the Line), a handful of seemingly unrelated stories share the common element of the uneven distribution of wealth. Journalist Artur (Leonardo Medeiros) is making a documentary about the life and career of Charles Ponzi, the con artist who invented the Ponzi Scheme. Artur's wife Renata (Gisella Reiman) works for Congressman Alves (Rubens de Falco), a politician who claims his great wealth comes from wining the lottery over 1,300 times. A baby goes missing and discovers that cash makes for a tasty snack. A tribe of Indians who have been helping farmers by performing their ceremonial rain dances decide they want to be paid for their work. Two taxi drivers who keep picking up the wrong fares are revealed to be part of an unusual office pool. A homeless man strikes it rich when he finds a bag of money. A handful of senior citizens demand something be done about the power failures that are cutting into their television viewing time. A man who can't hear or speak takes on a life of crime. And Carlos (Eucir Souza), the congressman's son, discovers a cache of his dad's ill-gotten gains and announces to the world that he's returning the money to the people in the simplest way possible -- by tossing it out the window of a skyscraper. End Of The Line was an official selection at the 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival.