Jules and Dolores

On December 19th, 1983, the dream was taken away. The most coveted trophy of all time, the Jules Rimet Cup disappeared from the headquarters of CBF, the Brazilian Football Association. Let me explain: every 4 years FIFA holds a Football World Cup. Back then, only a country that won the Cup three times could keep the trophy for good. This privilege was reserved to Brazil when they won for the 3rd time in 1970. The beautiful trophy was kept as a symbol of superiority in the headquarters of CBF, in Rio de Janeiro. “Jules and Dolores” is a pop comedy that tell us the real, preposterous and unusual story behind this theft.


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  • ★★★½ review by Raul Marques on Letterboxd

    An insanely watchable Hollywood-ish Brazilian comedy thriller that, in an ironically magnificently patriotic way, stylishly and breezily portrays the unequivocally outlandish events that took place at Rio in December of 1983. It's basically "Pain & Gain" by the way of Guy Ritchie, but far more aesthetically contrived, even if the funky score, the fast-paced editing, the cooky characters and the vibrant cinematography are all there. Another impressive quality of the picture is the tonally perfect representation of the period of transition between the dictatorship-ruled outrageously-corrupt mega-inflation-struck Brazil, to the outrageously-corrupt mega-inflation-struck "democracy". Its depiction of the only relevant female role is slightly worrying, however it also appears to be fully self-aware, by the time the conclusion comes. MVP: Mr. Catra (not kidding).

  • ★★★★ review by Gabe☆Danvers on Letterboxd

    Loved it. Though I think it could've aimed a little higher in its execution as a heist movie, in its modesty, it's a solid, fun and very well delivered film with good characters portrayed by terrific actors, excellent scene and plot dynamics and a very competent direction. Taís Araujo owns my heart.

  • ★★★★ review by gbxavier on Letterboxd

    No país que o cinema de comédia de tv domina, existem belos exemplares anuais de comédia. Aqui há a melhor de 2016, com um trabalho de elenco e de arte de encher os olhos!

  • ★★★½ review by Brent Hankins on Letterboxd

    In 1983, the Jules Rimet Trophy – awarded to the winner of the FIFA World Cup – was stolen from its display case at the Brazilian Football Confederation headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. In Jules and Dolores, director Caito Ortiz seeks to recount the circumstances leading up to the theft, and its aftermath, in highly comedic fashion.

    Thanks to a crippling gambling addiction, Peralta (Paulo Tiefenthaler) is up to his eyeballs in debt, a fact which he tries to hide from his girlfriend, Dolores (Taís Araújo). With time running out to make a payment and avoid bodily injury, Peralta and his pal Borracha (Danilo Grangheia) hatch a plan to steal the golden replica of the Jules Rimet from the office where Peralta works.

    Against all odds, the heist is successful, but when the two bumbling thieves get the trophy home, they’re dismayed to discover that it’s not a replica at all – it’s the real trophy. With the entire country of Brazil searching for the Jules Rimet, and a determined investigator (Milhem Cortaz) hot on his trail, Peralta must find a buyer so he can finally gives Dolores the life she’s always wanted.

    Jules and Dolores purports to tell the “real preposterous and unusual story” of the Jules Rimet theft, but we have to imagine that the true events didn’t play out in such hilarious fashion. Ortiz has imbued his film with plenty of laughs, and each of his characters are engaging and likeable. There are some pacing and structural issues, and the fictionalized fate of the trophy is a bit far-fetched, but overall Jules and Dolores is an amusing and enjoyable caper about a landmark event that many people may not be familiar with.

  • ★★★★ review by Lucas Ribeiro on Letterboxd


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