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Jardim de Allah


The title, if you know your basic Portuguese, translates to Garden of Allah. The garden in this multistoried Brazilian film separates two districts in Rio, one rich, one poor. We are introduced to three denizens of the less fortunate area: a resourceful beggar, a female drug addict, and a bumbling thief. Though the stories never quite intersect, all are related in some way or other. Jardim de Allah enjoyed its widest distribution when it was entered into film-festival competition in early 1989, ~ Hal...more