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Olga (2004)

Jayme Monjardim
Release Date:
20 August 2004 (Brazil) more
Plot Summary:
Based upon the true story of Olga Benário, the German-born wife of Brazilian communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes...
Cast(Credited cast)
Camila Morgado ... Olga Benário
Caco Ciocler ... Luís Carlos Prestes
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edgar Amorim ... Agildo Barata
Gustavo Berriel ... Russian communist
Leona Cavalli ... Maria
Maria Clara Fernandes ... Carmem
Isabela Coimbra ... Olga criança
Pascoal da Conceição ... Dimitri Manuilski
Bruno Dayrrel ... Victor Barron
José Dumont ... Manuel
Thelmo Fernandes ... Bangu
Eliane Giardini ... Eugénie Benário
Ranieri Gonzalez ... Miranda
Leonor Gottlieb ... Guarda da SS
Sabrina Greve ... Elza Colônio
Eliane Guttman ... Enfermeira Chefe
Gilles Gwizdek ... Leon Julles Valee
Renata Jesion ... Elise Ewert
Felipe Kannenberg
Mariana Lima ... Lígia Prestes
Zé Carlos Machado ... Ministro da guerra
Jandira Martini ... Sarah
Luís Melo ... Léo Benário
Fernanda Montenegro ... Leocádia Prestes
Anderson Muller ... Paul Gruber
Floriano Peixoto ... Filinto Müller
Osmar Prado ... Dictator Getúlio Vargas
Hélio Ribeiro ... Padre Leopoldo
Murilo Rosa ... Estevan
Werner Schünemann ... Arthur Ewert

Eduardo Semerjian ... Galvão
Raul Serrador ... Rodolfo Ghioldi
Oscar Simch ... Herr Fischer
Milena Toscano ... Anita Leocádia

Odilon Wagner ... Capitão Navio
Guilherme Weber ... Otto Braun
The Brazilian production "Olga" should be a masterpiece, after all is the story of a formidable woman and that marked Brazil's History, besides having won a literary work writing for Fernando Morais, but on the other side than could wait, "Olga" it is a disappointing film, which has several mistakes and few qualities. The first problem is the pretentious work of Jayme Monjardim, soap operas director, which passes a language televises for the movies, in other words, is possible have the impression of being sell a soap opera instead of a film, then they tried to do a film just to win Oscar of foreign film, with that, it lost the Brazilian cultural identity, stayed a film for American see, so much that the film was a success in the Brazilian box offices, but it was massacred by the criticism. The only really positive point is the cast, the performance of Camila Morgado is impressive, simply perfect, the scenes are strong and perfect, Camila is a great actress; Caco Ciocler also feels well, but it stays very below your scene companion, besides Fernanda Montenegro, needs just like to tell anything about her. "Olga" it could be a film as no other Brazilian film was, but it is mediocre, does not tell absolutely anything and on very keep owing to the book, the Brazilian movies can produce very best works.
Six decades after she was “given” to Hitler as a gift by Brazilian dictator Getulio Vargas, Brazilians are being introduced to Olga Benario.

Based on the best seller of the same title by Fernando Morais, “Olga” has become one of the most popular films of the year in Brazil.

The 400.000 people who saw the film over its opening weekend in theaters earlier this year made it the most-watched Brazilian film in 2004; by its second week more than 1 million people had seen the movie about Benario, who died in a Nazi gas chamber in 1942.

The Brazilian Ministry of Culture recently chose “Olga” as the country’s entry in the 2005 Oscar race for foreign film.

Benario was born in a Jewish family in Munich, Germany, in 1908, and joined the Communist Youth Organization at the age of 15. In 1934, she was entrusted with guaranteeing the safe return of communist leader Luis Carlos Prestes to Brazil. While posing as husband and wife, the pair fell in love.

After the failure of the communist revolution the next year, Benario and Prestes were arrested and separated. As an act of personal vengeance against Prestes, Vargas had Benario, seven months pregnant, deported to Nazi Germany.

On arrival she was taken to a Gestapo women’s prison. On Nov. 27, 1936, exactly one year after the failed revolution, Anita Leocadia was born.

In 1938, Benario was deported to a Nazi concentration camp, and killed in 1942.

The movie was screened at Sao Paulo’s 2,000-family Congregacao Israelita Paulista, Brazil’s largest Jewish congregation. For its rabbi, Henry Sobel, “The message of Olga Benario’s story is more important for Brazilian non-Jews than it is for Jews.”