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  • Summary: Born into extreme poverty in 1945, Lula was guided by a strong mother who faced overwhelming obstacles to raise her children with the drive and courage to live life without fear. Lindu, who was abandoned by her husband just before Lula’s birth, never wavered from her strict commitment to seeing that her kids live a better life. She raised eight children on her own, and with an unbridled tenacity, she saw to it that each child lived life to the fullest.
    Lula spent the better part of his childhood growing up just outside of Santos, Brazil. When he wasn't in school, he helped support the family. He hustled — shining shoes, selling fruit, working as a delivery boy… Life got better and, as fate would have it, he was soon accepted to study at Senai, a technical school from which he graduated in 1963. As a full-fledged member of the union, Lula found his path to a life in politics. However it wasn’t until he experienced an intense personal transformation following the startling death of his first wife and unborn son, that Lula found the courage and ambition he needed to take full control of his destiny. This “common man” who overcame incredible adversity would soon rise to become one of the world’s most extraordinary men. (New Yorker Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 12, 2012
    A conventional, rather shallow up-by-your-bootstraps drama, but with a difference.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jan 24, 2012
    Long on hero worship and woefully short on insight, Lula: Son of Brazil oozes good intentions, but it wouldn't look out of place in a retrospective of early Soviet workerist cinema.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 26, 2012
    Fábio Barreto's film is an act of hero worship, not a multifaceted exploration of a charismatic leader.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 14, 2012
    The film is more testimonial than drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jan 10, 2012
    Forget "Son of Brazil": This syrupy origin story/biopic on the nation's beloved reformist president, whose second term ended in 2010, should be titled Mama's Boy.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jan 10, 2012
    A sense of the man himself seems absent in Fábio Barreto's portrait, however, and other than a rally scene with prescient Occupy Wall Street overtones, you're mostly left with facts, dates and iconic poses.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 13, 2012
    Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's reformist two-term president, gets the once-over-lightly treatment in Lula, Son of Brazil.

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  1. Jan 4, 2014
    Pra mim não um dos melhores filmes nacionais, fraco mal trabalhado e com um roteiro cheio de falhas e atuações fraquíssimas, uma pena não era pra ser grande coisa. Expand