“The Act of Compassion” is a play written in 1955, which was adapted into a famous movie in 2000. The plot concerns the adventures of João Grilo and Chicó, the most cowardly of men. Both struggle for their daily bread and go through several episodes fooling everyone in their small town, until they get through their confusion the wrath of the dreaded bandit Severino de Aracaju and his gang. Severino was famous as Lampião, a character existing in real life, responsible for a social movement called Cangaço. João is shot dead, and as Chico buries him, João is seen in the hereafter, matching with the Devil (Luis Melo), and asking the Virgin Mary (Fernanda Montenegro) to intercept for him.
The movie is available at Books Hostel’s DVD Collection.