Fact is stranger than fiction. As proof, film productions like biographies, autobiographies, and documentaries have a massive audience.
One interesting piece is the Brazillian film entitled “Kardec.” This drama film touches on themes of religion and spiritualism. The film is based on the real-life of Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail or better known as his pseudonym Allan Kardec.
His life and passion for the supernatural are the inspiration for this movie. If you are interested in mysteries, the supernatural, the occult, and biography, this provides intriguing views.
And if you cannot get enough, here are some movies like Kardec that delves into the personal lives of their protagonist.
It will fill your curiosity about knowing more about the real people beneath the surface of what is known to the public.
1. Xingu (2012)
Venturing to the known is a theme in the film Xingu. Like Kardec, the production is based on the real-life of three brothers who founded the Xingu National Park. The three men bravely dived into adventure and uncertainty to develop the untamed territories of Central Brazil. People who are interested in explorations will love this film.
2. Tim Maia (2014)
Tia Maia is similar to Kardec, as it is a biopic of a man who loves his craft. Tia is a talented Brazillian singer known for his humorous music. The film covers his childhood, how he made it to the top, and until his demise at age 55. If you are a fan of this music, this movie will entertain you.
3. VIPs: Historias Reais De Um Mentiroso (2010)
Can a villain be a hero? If the movie is a biography about him, of course, he can. It is the plot of VIPs: Historias Reais De Um Mentiroso, a priduction about the life of Marcelo Nascimento da Rocha. He was a notorious swindler that led a colorful life. Are you curious how he managed to pull it off? You need to watch this film to understand a complex character like Marcelo.
4. Nothing to Lose (2018)
Success stories are often adapted to films to inspire people. It was the case for the movie Nothing to Lose. The plot is an autobiography of Edir Macedo, an influential figure in Brazil as a minister. The storyline included his humble beginnings, answering his calling, and how he dealt with everything afterward.
5. Elis (2016)
Fans of Brazilian music are most likely aware of the talented Elis Regina. She is known to be the greatest Brazilian singer of all time. The movie is the biography of the singer who found success after moving to Rio de Janeiro. It also covers her stints from her home country to the international stage.
6. Elena (2013)
Here is another movie based on a true story. The director of the film Petra Costa is the younger sister of Elena Costa. Petra also took part in writing for the film. The plot of Elena revolves around how Petra recalls her sister. Elana moved to New York to pursue her dreams as an actress and got separated from her family.
7. Gandhi (1982)
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most influential leaders who practice nonviolent protest. The biopic film Gandhi released in 1982, is dedicated to this educated man who studied and practiced law. This production is a celebration of his contributions to civil rights and freedom.
8. Astral City: A Spiritual Journey (2010)
What happens to a person when they die? Similar to Kardec, the film Astral City: A Spiritual Journey tackles spiritualism. The plot is about a doctor who undergoes a spiritual transformation after death. He experienced a lot of suffering but was rescued and taken to Astral City. If you like supernatural themes and is curious about what happens in the afterlife, this film will take you on a journey like no other.
9. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)
The film industry is a competitive and constantly changing place. It is the plot of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which writer-director Quentin Tarantino has conceived. It follows an account of exploits by two friends, Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth. Rick is an actor, and his stunt double is Cliff. Together they navigate their way in Hollywood to keep themselves relevant. The film features many historical figures in the entertainment industry during the late 1960s
10. Bingo: The King of the Mornings (2017)
This comedy-drama is about a man who wants to enter the entertainment industry. After multiple attempts, he managed to get a break. However, his job requires him never to reveal his identity underneath his clown host persona. Bingo: Bingo: The King of the Mornings is inspired by the life of Arlindo Baretto, an actor who played Bozo, the clown in Brazil.
11. The Edge of Democracy (2019)
People who like political history will like the film The Edge of Democracy. This documentary explores the dramatic shift in Brazilian politics involving former presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. The plot deals with themes like corruption, political polarization, and fascism. This production received many accolades and views from various platforms.
12. Na Quebrada (2014)
This Brazilian production Na Quebrada is based on the real-life scenarios that are happening in the cities of Brazil. It is filled with violence, hardships, fear, and crime. In the middle of it are the youth struggling to build their dreams and find hope. Can they find paradise, or will they be stuck in a hell hole of uncertainty? If you want the inside story, then go and watch this movie.
13. The Professor and the Madman (2019)
The Oxford English Dictionary is a reliable source of information. This book of knowledge has a movie about it. The film The Professor and the Madman is a biography of Professor James Murray and his friend W.C. Minor. This film has a star-studded cast that involves big names like Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.
14. Stronger Than The World: The Story of Jose Aldo (2016)
Jose Aldo is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The longtime UFC Featherweight champion has a film dedicated to him. It is titled Stronger Than The World: The Story of Jose Aldo. The movie shows the struggles behind the scenes as the fighter made his way to the top.
15. FantastiCozzi (2016)
The genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy have a huge following. There are even filmmakers who dedicated their lives to creating content for these themes. One of them is Italian director Luigi Cozzi whose inspiration is the 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Ever since he viewed it in his childhood, he decided what he wanted to do in life. His passion is immortalized in the feature-length documentary titled FantastiCozzi.
There are more real-life inspired productions like Kardec and those mentioned above. If you loved those recommendations, these additional titles will entertain you too.
– The Traitor (2019)
– Rocketman (2019)
– Papa Hemingway in Cuba (2015)
– Skin (2018)
– Chico Xavier (2010)
– The Two Popes (2019)
– The Demons of St. Petersburg (2008)
– Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
– The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)
– Courageous (2011)
– The King (2019)
– Shaolin (2011)
– Loro 2 (2018)
– Sagan (2008)
– End of Watch (2012)
– Inside Man (2006)