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Music director
Andre Abujamra




Drama, Romance

Aluizio Abranches

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Release date
November 12, 2009 (2009-11-12) (Mix Brasil)November 27, 2009 (2009-11-27) (Brazil)

Initial release
November 27, 2009 (Brazil)

João Gabriel Vasconcellos
(Francisco (age 25)), (Thomás (age 20)), (Julieta), (Alexandre), (Pedro),
Gabriel Kaufmann
(Thomás (age 6))

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From Beginning To End is a Brazilian movie made in 2009. It is the third feature film directed by Aluizio Abranches. Starring Fábio Assunção, Júlia Lemmertz, Gabriel Kaufmann, Lucas Cotrim, João Gabriel Vasconcellos and Rafael Cardoso. The movie premiered in Brazil in November 27th, 2009. The movie deals with two types of relationship that are often considered taboos (homosexuality and incest). Abranches claims that his only intention was to tell a love story.


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The release of the movie in Brazil, with only 9 copies, was seen by almost 100 thousand spectators, leading the movie to be on the list of the top 10 most watched Brazilian movies of 2009. It was exhibited in more than 30 national and international festivals, and it was commercialized also in more than 30 countries. In 2010 it was released in DVD in Brazil with success. In France, after a very successful premiere in the movie theaters, the first edition of the DVD and Blu-ray was sold out in less than 2 weeks, and it became a best seller till nowadays in international websites such as Fnac and

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  • 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 young Thomás. Two weeks after his birth, Thomás opens his eyes, apparently to look directly at his five-year-old half-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. Pedro, her first husband and father of her eldest son Francisco, lives in Argentina. Pedro and Julieta remain good friends. During childhood, Francisco and Thomás are very close, perhaps too close according to Pedro, with whom they spend a Christmas holiday in Buenos Aires. Julieta is aware of their close relationship and tries to remain understanding. Not long later, Pedro dies.
  • 2008 — Years later, when Francisco is 27 and Thomás 22, Julieta dies. The brothers become lovers and an unusual love story ensues. Thomás is invited to live and train in Russia for a few years in preparation for the Olympics. Though it is the first time they will be apart, Thomás leaves. Francisco struggles without Thomás. He meets a woman in a club and though he tries to pursue a relationship with her, they both realize he is dedicated to someone else. Unable to be apart any longer, Francisco travels to Russia and the brothers reunite.
  • Cast

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  • Rafael Cardoso as Thomás (at age 20)
  • João Gabriel Vasconcellos as Francisco (at age 25)
  • 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)
  • Filming

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


    The soundtrack was released in December 2009, and has been a huge hit all over Brazil. It brings together several big names from Brazilian pop music such as Maria Bethania, Angela Ro Ro, Simone and Zizi Possi. Songs like "Summer 78", "Folhas de Outono", "Saudade" and "Outono" have become the biggest hits on this album.


    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.

    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.


    The director put the film's trailer on YouTube, generating more than 400,000 views and comments which ranged 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. The film went on to gross $386,049 in Brazil and $14,373 in Taiwan, for a foreign total of $400,422.

    Critical reception

    The film has received mixed reviews, some praising it for retaining a good plot while transcending boundaries and others condemning it as an ordinary plot using the subject matter to gain attention.


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