A Estrada 47
Drama / History / War
A Estrada 47
Drama / History / War
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During World War II, looking up the Mountain, in Italy, a Brazilian Expeditionary Force - FEB - mines weeping platoon is hit by a panic-attack that sets them running aimlessly right in the middle of 'no man's land'. Desperate cold and hungry, the ill-prepared soldiers have to choose between facing military court or delve deeper into enemy lines. After a tense discussion, they decide to save their faces with the Brazilian Army by tackling a daring military objective: to disarm the most feared minefield in Italy. On their way there, they end meeting two others deserters; a remorseful Italian soldier trying to join the Partigianos and German officer who is just simply tired of war. with unexpected help of their ex-enemy, the soldiers are set to accomplish a mission that so far had been deemed impossible. —Anonymous.
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
Sep 15, 2021 at 06:00 PM
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One Moment of Participation of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force in World War II
During the World War II, a small minesweeping and demining team from the Brazilian Expeditionary Force - BEF is in an outpost in Monte Castello. The group is not well prepared for combat and does not speak any foreign language; therefore they have difficulties to communicate with the American Army. Out of the blue, they have a panic attack and scatter on the mountain. Later, the soldiers Guimarães (Daniel de Oliveira), Tenente (Julio Andrade), Piauí (Francisco Gaspar) e Laurindo (Thogum) meet each other on the base of Monte Castello. They become afraid to go to their base of command and be considered deserters and face court-martial; and also afraid to die if they return to their post. They stumble with the journalist Rui (Ivo Canelas) that tells that the important Road 47 is mined preventing the American force to proceed. They also stumble upon an Italian and a German deserters. They decide to demine the road to justify their retreat from the post."A Estrada 47" is a film depicting one moment of participation of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force in World War II, which is unknown for many foreigners. For those interested to learn about this campaign, here is the link to the Wikipedia: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Expeditionary_Force) . "A Estrada 47" is based on a true story. Unfortunately the limited budget makes the film boring and talkative with little action. It is funny to see only one German soldier speaking and the other one answering "ya, ya". However the intention of promoting the participation of Brazil in WWII is valid. My vote is five.Title (Brazil): "A Estrada 47" ("The Road 47")
A contemplative view of the human side of the war
Recently I had the opportunity to interview the director of the movie, and he told me he didn't want to make a movie about battles, but about peace. The history is ficticious, inspired by a literature book called Mina R, and 3 interviews he did with two old Brazilian WW2 veterans and one German who was forced to fight in the Hitlerjugend against the Soviets who came to Brazil after the war and fell in love with our indigenous people. Each one of those 3 real persons influenced a character in the movie.Is a movie about fear and mercy in a war so distant to the Brazilian soldier. Even today Italian people from some of the cities liberated by Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB) remembers with affection how Brazilian soldiers treated then better than other Allies, 'cause they arrived late in war and didn't had to fight against the Italians. There was no resentment that other troops had against the Italians for the loss of their colleagues in combat against Mussolini's soldiers, for example.It is not an action or battle movie. It's a film about being displaced in a distant war, with characters who wonder what they are doing there, if they should have gone, what to do in the face of the need to kill the enemy, and the fear of death. It's more contemplative and makes justice to the everyday life of the Brazilian soldier in Italy outside the battles. Veterans from all over the world say the war is a long period of boredom punctuated by moments of terror, but terror is what tend to sell movies. Most of Lost Patrol starts in a momento of terror, but is more focused on the boredom of war, when soldiers revaluate their actions and decisions.For those who expect the typical American war cinema (which I personally like a lot), it is a film that can disappoint. For those who value films that take place in war, but with different approaches, such as Come and See (1895), this may be a film that will please you.
A drama showing the forgotten ally: Brazil.
There are not many movies about our soldiers in WW2. This wasn't the action movie I expected to watch when I looked for a film about our soldiers.But it did not disappoint. It features a story about how the protagonist is questioning himself about why he was sent to fight this war in a distant land.Meanwhile the movie does a great job at showing the humane side of the brazilian soldiers for which they came to be known for by the italians.I came looking for an action movie and instead I found myself watching a drama. But to me, a brazilian descendant of a WW2 soldier, it did not disappoint.It also bears a touching message of how, in the end, our soldiers were forgotten and our feats may never be told.Therefore I give this a 10/10. For being an unique piece, for being well-made, and for telling a nice story with a relatable message to any brazilian that cares about our participation in the war and our 25.000 forgotten soldiers.
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