Quase Nada (2000)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Brazil, Mexico  |  
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Set in the rural sections of contemporary Brazil, this low-budget film features three stories of people who are tormented by jealousy, resentment, and fear. A black field laborer, Joao (Augusto Pompeo), is promoted to supervisor but his best friend and co-worker, Compadre (Camilo Bevilaqua), becomes jealous of Joao's promotion. Compadre works lackadaisically, disappears from his job without an excuse, and otherwise takes advantage of his friendship with Joao. At first Joao covers for his friend, but he becomes increasingly furious at Compadre until a showdown becomes inevitable. In the second segment, Ademir (Genesio de Barros) and his wife, Idalina (Denise Weinberg), work on a farm where they barely make a living. Ademir is consumed by guilt over something that happened in his past and fears that there will be some form of retribution; after a boy is found dead, Ademir's anxiety gets out of control. And in the third segment, Ernani (Caio Junqueira), a handsome flower planter and religious man, loves Glorinha (Ana Luisa Rabello), a beautiful and sensual woman. But Ernani isn't comfortable with Glorinha's sensuality and relative free-spiritedness; their relationship deteriorates and he becomes consumed by jealousy and rage.