'Jules and Dolores' ('O Roubo da Taca'): Film Review

Afro-Brazilian star Tais Araujo headlines this intimate comedy-drama from director Caito Ortiz about the theft of the World Cup trophy in 1983 Brazil.
“Some of this actually happened,” we are informed before Brazilian crime dramedy Jules and Dolores (O Roubo da Taca) kicks off. And indeed, this fast-moving and somewhat sticky feature from director Caito Ortiz is inspired by the December 1983 theft of the Soccer World Cup trophy in Brazil, over a decade after the country had been allowed to keep the statuette indefinitely when it won the cup for the third time, in 1970. Soccer enthusiasts will know that the sterling silver, gold-plated trophy was never found again and might have been melted down by the thieves, so Ortiz and co-screenwriter Lusa Silvestre (Estomago: A Gastronomic Story) were free to imagine what actually happened to the cup.


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