Hour of the Star (1985)
"A Hora da Estrela" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  March 1987 (USA)
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Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
José Dumont ...
Olímpico de Jesus
Tamara Taxman ...
Madame Carlota (the macumbeira)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manoel Luiz Aranha ...
Marli Botoletto ...
Macumba assistant
Denoy de Oliveira ...
Maria Do Carmo Soares ...
Maria do Carmo
Walter Filho ...
Man in Mercedes
Sonia Guedes ...
Mrs. Joana
Umberto Magnani ...
Seu Raimundo
Miro Martinez ...
Blind man
Euricio Martins ...
Metro Guard
Raymundo Matos ...
Dirce Militello ...
Gloria's mother


Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens to time Radio Station; on Sundays she likes to ride the subways. She describes herself saying, "I am a typist and a virgin, and I like Coca-Cola." Then she meets Olimpico, a north-easterner like herself, who has dreams of becoming a Congressman. Written by Benjamin Elijah Griffin <bgriffin@ic.sunysb.edu>

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Emotionally touching film about the poverty of the soul as much if not more so than economic poverty.
11 May 2002 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

This film was an excellent metaphor for the depravation so many northern Brazillians experience when they imigrate to the coast in search of work, love, opportunity, and excitement.

Macabea, the protagonist of the film, is an immigrant orphan from northern Brazil who comes to the city in search of economic prosperity. She lacks the education to find a descent job, the social skills to have friends or a boyfriend, and the etiquette in order to fit in in normal life.

She is portrayed as ugly, filthy, and disgusting. She lacks an understanding of proper hygiene, as shown several times throughout the movie when she does not wash her hands and, as a result, covers the papers she types in dirt and in a scene where she eats while urinating on a pot in the middle of the night.

She is a symbol of the depravation of so many northern and northeastern immigrants in Brazil.

The film is full of cleverly constructed imagery and symbolism. Depressing and sad, but genius.

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