The Three Marias

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The Three Marias
The Three Marias.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Aluizio Abranches
Produced by Aluizio Abranches
Eva Mariani
Dedete Parente Costa
Written by Heitor Dhalia
Wilson Freire
Starring Marieta Severo
Julia Lemmertz
Maria Luisa Mendonça
Luiza Mariani
Music by André Abujamra
Cinematography Marcelo Dust
Lama Filmes
Distributed by Lumière
Empire Pictures (US)
Gala Film (UK)
Release date
August 2, 2002
Running time
90 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Box office R$76,819 ($32,761)

The Three Marias (Portuguese: As Três Marias) is a 2002 Brazilian-Italian crime drama film directed by Aluizio Abranches. Set in Pernambuco, it tells the story of a woman (played by Marieta Severo) who takes revenge on her former lover and his family with the help of her three daughters, all named Maria.

The film was screened in the HBF Harvest section of the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam and in the Panorama section of the 52nd Berlin International Film Festival.[1][2]



The Three Marias grossed R$76,819 ($32,761) and was watched by 13,003 people in the 10 Brazilian theaters in which it was released.[5] It received mixed reviews by English-speaking reviewers. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 40% rating based on 20 reviews, with an average score of 5.4/10.[6] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 45 (indicating "mixed or average reviews") based on 9 reviews.[7]


  1. ^ "HBF Harvest 2003". International Film Festival Rotterdam. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Spirit and Ideals - Panorama 2002". Berlin International Film Festival. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "As Três Marias" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Young, Deborah (February 8, 2002). "Review: 'The Three Marias'". Variety. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2012" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 28. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Três Marias, As, (The Three Marias) (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Three Marias". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 

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