End of the Line

Final da Linha by Ricardo Salva
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The survivor is dead!
Jean Mitchell was the greatest rock singer you've never heard of. Although his concert at Rock in Rio in 1985 moved a whole country, the white bluesman never escaped the shadow of his black idols, but a gig with Little Richard made him a legend, as he was not given a microphone.
The Frenchman, who landed as a stowaway in Brazil in 1976 and never returned to his home­land, not only brought the rock'n roll to the land of samba, he was also a long-time underrated painter and an even more esteemed writer, however, never to be awarded. Just as his novels are considered lost, his paintings are no longer available in the local galleries.
Known as a master of the art of living and survival, his death in 2008 sent shock waves around the world and broadcasters an­nounced a movie about his life. But this movie was never made. Not his life, his death was filmed! Final da Linha documents the last days of the survivor's life. And these days do not run as intended.

Jean dwells in a dark hole in the catacombs of Hotel Vigo. The ruin, inhabited by fixers and whores, is under the direction of drug dealer Gurundé. Unexpectedly thrown out on the street due to rent debts, the fallen star is forced to take his fate into own hands one more time. He needs to find Gini, his friend, manager and guitarist of his band. Only Gini could provide some money and arrange a last gig. But the search for him turns into an odyssey through Salvador leading Jean out of his dream world.
Final da Linha is a documentary in fiction style without any fictional content, a drama written by life, not played, but happened; a real event based on a short story by the Lord, performed on the stage of life, presented by real people, realized on location, documented through the perspective of a street dog, produced by a soloist who played all the instruments himself. Thanks to a production philosophy that respected the living con­ditions of the protagonist, Final da Linha became the cheapest feature film ever made.