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Film / Batismo De Sangue

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Batismo de Sangue (Baptism of Blood in English) is an 2007 Brazilian movie based on a biography of the same by Carlos Alberto Libânio Christo, also known as Friar Betto. It tells the story of his fellow colleague Friar Tito who tried to protest against the Brazilian Military Regime and end up being persecuted by it.

This movie contains the example:

  • All for Nothing: Tito manages to get released earlier from prison than his fellow priests... Except he ends up committing suicide at the end of the movie.
  • Chummy Commies: The priests side team up with an militant communist group that aims to take down the regime. Unfortunately, because of their association they are considered traitors of the church when arrested.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The military is fond of this, with their most infamous torture method being the "macaw's perch", where the victim is suspended on a pole with the arms and knees tied to it causing severe joint and muscle pain.
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  • Downer Ending: The heroes are arrested and sentenced to four years in jail though Tito is the only one to get released earlier. He is left so broken by the torture that he ends up hanging himself, while the regime will remain in power for the next years.
  • Driven to Suicide: The film ends with Tito hanging himself.
  • Fan Disservice: The prisoners are stripped naked when tortured by the villains.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Whatever happens in the story, Betto is guaranteed to survive just like in real life.
  • The Heavy: Sérgio Fleury is the primary antagonist of the movie due to being the government's enforcer and the direct threat to the protagonists, while his superiors and the president at the time are the Greater Scope Villains.
  • Historical Beauty Upgrade: Compare how the Friar Tito looked like in real life with the one from the movie.
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  • Turbulent Priest: The main protagonists are two Dominican friars that participate in the resistance against the dictatorship. Truth in Television, since while the regime was very conservative, it had no problem persecuting members of the Church that spoke out against them.