The Three Marias | Chicago Reader

The Three Marias

In this 2002 revenge drama set in Brazil's northeastern frontier, a brooding widow dispatches her three daughters (all named Maria) to hire three assassins to kill the men responsible for murdering her husband and sons. Striving for the elemental power of a Sergio Leone western, director Aluizio Abranches lards his schematic story with mystical portents (the number three is everywhere, and biblical allusions abound) and props it up with some dazzling visuals, but the stylistic bombast undercuts the storytelling and the vengeful matriarch's feminist posturing borders on the ludicrous. In Portuguese with subtitles. 90 min.

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