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Saturday, January 28, 2012


OK, the Critics are probably right when they point out the flaws in this biopic of the eventually beloved and honored (throughout the world) two term President of Brazil, who rose from poverty and obscurity to become a powerful Union leader and ultimately hold the highest office in the land.  Yes, it's sentimental, and maybe that's what touched me, perhaps because the guiding force and influence in his life was his strong and wise mother. Every actor in this film was superb, believable and real .  ( Handsome boys and men, and beautiful women don't hurt the film either! Viva Brazil!)  Luiz Inatio Lula da Silva was one of eight children his brave mother raised virtually single handed, after leaving an abusive, drunken husbandHer words, her encouragement, her attitude of always doing what is right, even if it means waiting to act, and never, ever giving up,  guided him to greatness. As the Siri Singh Sahib taught, giving Value and Virtues to children is the most valuable gift we can give them.

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