From Beginning to End

From Beginning to End
From Beginning to End
Directed by Aluizio Abranches
Produced by Aluizio Abranches
Fernando Libonati
Marco Nanini
Iker Monfort
Written by Aluizio Abranches
Starring Rafael Cardoso
João Gabriel Vasconcellos
Júlia Lemmertz
Fábio Assunção
Music by André Abujambra
Cinematography Ueli Steiger
Editing by Fábio S. Limma
Studio Lama Filmes
Distributed by TLA Releasing
Release date(s) November 12, 2009 (2009-11-12) (Mix Brasil)
November 27, 2009 (2009-11-27) (Brazil)
Running time 105 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget $1 million[1]
Box office $400,422[2]

From Beginning to End (Portuguese: Do Começo ao Fim) is a 2009 Brazilian drama film that premiered on November 27, 2009,[3] starring Fábio Assunção, Júlia Lemmertz, Gabriel Kaufmann, Lucas Cotrim, João Gabriel Vasconcellos and Rafael Cardoso.[4]

The film is considered low budget, not exceeding 2 million. Aluizio Abranches, creator and director of the film, took his idea for many entrepreneurs, some of them even suggested that it was a relationship between a brother and sister or heterosexual, you have to be gay himself, who was a relationship between cousins​​, but was Abranches true to his idea and not give up run it, until he got sponsorship from a small producer Marco Nanini.

The film's director claims it is not intended in any way, raise flags with this film. Although the film deals with two types of relationships that are often considered "taboo" (homosexuality and incest), Abranches said that his only intention was to show a love story, regardless of conditions.



  • 1986 - Thomás is born with his eyes closed, and he does not open them for several weeks following the birth. Julieta, his mother, is unconcerned, believing that when Thomás is ready and wants to open his eyes, he will. These events instill a strong belief in free will in the young Thomás. One day, seemingly out of nowhere, Thomás opens his eyes, apparently to look directly at his five-year-old brother Francisco.
  • 1992 - Julieta is a wife and a loving mother, working in a hospital emergency department. Her free-spirited youngest son, Thomás, is the product of her marriage to her second husband Alexandre. Pedre, her first husband and father of her eldest son Francisco, lives in Argentina. Pedre and Juliet remain good friends. During childhood, Francisco and Thomás are very close, perhaps too close according to Pedre, with whom they spend a summer in Buenos Aires.
  • 2008 - Years later, when Francisco is 27 and Thomás 22, Julieta dies. The brothers become lovers and an unusual love story ensues.[5]


  • Júlia Lemmertz as Julieta (mother)
  • Fábio Assunção as Alexandre (father of Thomás)
  • Jean Pierre Noher as Pedro (father of Francisco)
  • Louise Cardoso as Rosa
  • Mausi Martínez
  • Gabriel Kaufmann as Thomás (at age six)
  • Lucas Cotrim as Francisco (at age 11)
  • Rafael Cardoso as Thomás (at age 20)
  • João Gabriel Vasconcellos as Francisco (at age 25)



The movie was filmed almost entirely in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Parts of the movie were filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[6]


The soundtrack is out now. It has open on December 11, 2009, and has been a huge hit all over Brazil. It brings big names from Brazilian popular music such as Maria Bethania, Angela Ro Ro, Simone and Zizi Possi. Songs like "Summer 78", "Folhas de Outono", "Saudade" and "Outono" are the big ones in this album.[7]


The film attracted more than ten thousand viewers during its weekend debut. Playing in only nine theaters (compared with 550 showing 2012), the film finished sixth place during its opening weekend.[8]

The film was shown on May 26 during the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. In June 26 during the 2010 Frameline Film Festival. In July 9 during the 2010 Outfest Film Festival and July 15 during the 2010 QFest.[9]


Promotional video of the film was placed on YouTube and came as the film's director, more than 400,000 views, generating comments varied from outrage to enthusiasm.


Box office performance

From Beginning to End grossed $62,081 in nine theaters its opening weekend, $365,094 in second weekend, the film finished sixth place during its opening weekend.[10] The film went on to gross $386,049 in Brazil and $14,373 in Taiwan, for a foreign total of $400,422.[11]

Critical reception

 Professional reviews
Review scores
Source Rating
Fred Burleno[12] (5/10)
Cine Players[13] 3.0/5 stars
DVD Verdict (unfavorable)
Gay Celluloid 4/5 stars
Entertainment Film News 4/4 stars

The film has received mixed reviews. Brett Cullum of the DVD Verdict said, "Guilty of incest, which is just not attractive on film or in real life."[14] Entertainment Film News critic Jorge Ameer said, "This film is fearless and daring in many ways as its touches on some very taboo subject matters. There is a very haunting aspect to this film that will leave you lulled and wanting more."[15] David Hall of Gay Celluloid said, "a film that is as compelling, as it is remarkably non-judgmental. Yet unlike other works of this nature, Starcrossed included, here takes time in laying the foundation stone of his incestuous piece, resulting in the first third of the film being about boys in love - literally."[16]

See also

  • Brazilian cinema


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

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