Self-isolating? Social distancing? Make the most of your free time and practice your Portuguese by watching Brazilian films and series on Netflix.
I’ve compiled 30 Brazilian films (plus some Brazilian Series) with a synopsis and a trailer, available on Netflix UK. Although all of these films have English subtitles on Netflix, for some of them I couldn’t find subtitled trailers on YouTube, so I had to add the original trailer (good listening practice!).
Here’s my list:
1. Airplane Mode
Airplane Mode follows the young Ana, who studied fashion design dreaming of becoming a great stylist but dropped everything to become a digital influencer for a famous brand.
2. Nothing to Lose
Evangelical leader Edir Macedo – founder and spiritual leader of The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God – overcomes obstacles and turmoil in pursuit of his religious conviction.
3. Nothing to Lose 2
As controversy surrounds the evangelical church he helped found, Edir Macedo must juggle betrayals, politics and personal loss in this biopic sequel.
4. Forever Chape
Forever Chape tells the story of the soccer team Chapecoense, from Santa Catarina, Brazil. A club with an incredible spirit that didn’t stop and in honour of the victims and the survivors of the tragedy, the club today looks reborn.
5. Radical – The Controversial Saga of Dadá Figueiredo
Dada Figueiredo is the biggest anti-hero in Brazilian surf history. RADICAL RIO tells the story of a poor boy who trades the streets of the suburbs for the waves of Rio de Janeiro most popular surf spot at the 70s. Controversial and polemical, Dada is the living proof that neither victory nor defeat is eternal.
6. Vai Anitta
Go Behind the scenes with Brazilian pop icon Anitta, along with her friends and family, as she aims to create a new song and music video each month.
7. The Edge of Democracy
Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind the unravelling of two Brazilian presidencies.
8. Paradise Lost
Marked by losses and mismatches, José’s eccentric family seek to be happy while locked in Paraíso Perdido, a nightclub that has stopped in time, where they sing popular romantic music.
9. A New Capitalism
How to live in a world with social inequality? Entrepreneurs of Brazil, India, and Mexico found an alternative: to build a new capitalism, more just and human, with profitable businesses and, at the same time, eradicate poverty.
10. The Birth Reborn
Mothers and medical professionals share their experiences with the controversial practice of Caesarean deliveries in Brazil.
11. The Birth Reborn 2
Featuring raw and moving footage, experts make a case for increased autonomy in women’s choices for childbirth.
12. Chatô – The King of Brazil
The romanticized life of media mogul Assis Chateaubriand depicts him as the star of a televised trial, where his passions and achievements are judged.
The final holdout in her historic beachside building in Brazil, a retired music critic refuses to sell her apartment to developers bent on demolition. Aquarius is more of a character study, and it can be a bit slow. But the excellent performance by Sonia Braga more than makes up for the film’s shortcomings.
In Catholic 19th-century France, professor Léon Rivail attends a séance and is moved to find spiritism, putting him in the authorities’ sights.
The first Brazilian documentary on Netflix gives us an insight into the life and career of Laerte, one of the most promising cartoonists in Brazil.
17. Felipe Neto – My Life Makes No Sense
YouTube sensation Felipe Neto brings the stories from his autobiographical book “ão Faz Sentido!” to the stage in this comedy special.
18. The Last Hangover
In this biblical “Hangover” spoof, the apostles awaken to find Jesus is missing and must piece together events of the previous night’s wild Last Supper. Made by the comedians from “Porta dos Fundos” YouTube channel.
19. The First Temptation of Christ
Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.
20. City of God: 10 Years Later
A decade after the seminal Brazilian film “City of God”, this documentary reunites some of the cast and crew to find out what paths their lives took.
When a fashion blogger falls for a video game vlogger, their romance goes viral. But separating their virtual life from reality gets complicated.
22. Couples Counseling
A seasoned couples therapist comes to realize she might need help with her own marriage after meeting a new pair of young clients.
In this documentary, the director remembers a beloved sister who left behind her life in Brazil and moved to New York with dreams of acting.
24. Operações Especiais
In a crime-plagued area of Rio de Janeiro, a team of honest cops, including a determined rookie, fights corruption and mistrust on all sides.
25. Rafinha Bastos: Ultimato
An off-colour joke nearly cost him everything. Brazilian comic Rafinha Bastos talks about that and much more, from his divorce to finding love again.
26. Marco Luque – Tamo Junto
Growing up in a Rio de Janeiro slum, Rocket is able to avoid being drawn into a life of drugs and crime by having a passion for photography. Amongst all the Brazilian films to watch on Netflix, this one is a must – a modern classic not to be missed.
During Carnival, two teens from different classes meet years after being kept apart. Bad decisions lead the boy to hide with the girl inside a float.
28. Another Forever
Overtaken by the death of her beloved, a grieving woman decides to take a spontaneous trip to visit her friend and get her life back on track.
29. Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl
A young woman abandons her adopted family to become a high-priced prostitute in São Paulo, and documents her new life on a popular blog.
30. The Killer
In lawless badlands, reclusive Cabeleira sets out to discover the fate of his gunman father and grows to be a feared assassin himself.
BRAZILIAN SERIES ON NETFLIX
After her dad is murdered, tech trainee Nina risks everything to find out why the Omniscient surveillance systems drones failed to monitor his killer
Samantha Alencar was a child star in the 1980s, but time hasn’t been kind to her career since then. Hoping to launch herself back into the spotlight, Samantha tries to cling to the fringes of celebrity through harebrained schemes. When her ex returns to her after being released from prison, she begins to think she can benefit from the situation. Samantha later experiences the 21st-century version of fame by serving as a judge on a singing competition show and trying to gain followers on social media.
4. Most Beautiful Thing
5. The Chosen One
6. Killer Ratings
6. Nobody’s Looking
The first new guardian “angelus” in 300 years is added to the Angelus System. But his inquisitive nature disrupts the system’s rule-governed order.
A wounded Rita feels guilty about Cacau. Nando gets in trouble with law enforcement and Doni confronts Dondoka about stealing his music.
An honest lawyer reaches a moral crossroads after the cops force her to inform on her incarcerated brother, the leader of a rising criminal faction.
8. The Mechanism
When a police task force uncovers a widespread corruption scheme involving the Brazilian government and several prominent engineering firms, a scandal erupts in the South American country. After detective Marco Ruffo breaks open the case after chasing down money launderer Roberto Ibrahim but is unable to gather enough evidence to nail him, Ruffo’s partner Verena Cardoni picks up the case years later. The series — from “Narcos” creator José Padilha — is loosely inspired by true events.