The Brazilian Biography of a Medium

I am a real sucker for Brazilian films. I have seen most, if not all, of the popular ones. And while I find most of them difficult to watch (as they tend to document life in Brazil in a fictionalized manner rather than focus on pure entertainment, like Hollywood) I still love them. I can’t turn down watching a Brazilian flick. And that’s how I ended up watching this one!


Chico Xavier is the true story of a Brazilian medium. The film depicts his life via long flashbacks which are triggered by his present day experience as a guest on a popular talk show. They start with him as a child and build chronologically through his lifetime. As a young child, Chico is demonized by his family and classmates for his ability to communicate with those who have long since passed. In his late teens (possibly early 20’s), he meets his spirit guide, Emmanuel, who helps direct Chico to spirit writing, and in turn, directs him to inner peace. (Chico became a prolific writer, having written over 400 books through the method of spirit writing.) Chico becomes famous and people who once disowned him for his unnatural abilities, now rely upon him and praise him for his work.


This film is uplifting and inspiring. Chico clearly touched the lives of people all over the world through his works, through his altruism, through spiritism. And that is how this movie effects you, in a I-want-to-change-the-world-and-help-humanity kind of way. This movie is also full of hope. I won’t spoil one of the plot lines, but I will say that it leaves you with strong sense of hope for the afterlife as well as a strong connection to those that have since passed on.

See it: if you are interested in foreign language films, spirituality, altruism, and things that happen outside the realm of our normal understanding.

Skip it: if you’re looking for quick and easy entertainment.


{For those of you that are also familiar with Brazilian films, you’ll recognize the name of the Director, Daniel Filho. He has produced films such as Carandiru, Cidade de Deus (City of God), and Orfeu.}  


[Thank you to Fran6fran6 for making the image available for use. And if you want to learn more about the film, go to the website.]

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