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Vera (II) (1986)

 |  Drama  |  16 October 1987 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Ana Beatriz Nogueira ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adriana Abujamra
Cida Almeida
Norma Blum
Raul Cortez ...
Professor Paulo
Danilo Cruz do Valle
Liana Duval
Abrahão Farc
Carlos Kroeber ...
Director of the Institution
Imara Reis


Young girl spends her adolescence in an institution for minors, developing some masculine traits in her personality. In this hostile environment, she can only find some sympathy in a teacher. After leaving the place, she falls in love with a divorced woman in her work, mother of a young boy, which aggravates her inner conflicts. Written by

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Better than "Boys don't cry" (mild spoilers)
16 June 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Latin-American (in this case, Brazilian) productions are usually underestimated compared to American productions. That's one of the reasons I highly recommend "Vera" if you liked films such as "Boys don't cry" and "Salmonberries" (which were made years later than this one).

Ana Beatriz Nogueira, who plays the title role, won the Berlin Festival's Silver Bear for her powerful performance in this sensitive, moving film.

Vera is a girl who lived in sort of a correctional facility for young people, until she meets a benevolent, educated man, who helps her (even allowing her to spend some time at his home), and gets a job in an office.

She sees herself and dresses as a man (crossdressing), in a typical sexual crisis-type behaviour, and falls in love with a woman, even passing for a guy to her girlfriend's family.

But her repression and traumas don't let her act openly and liberated in their intimacy, which leads to a conflict, as we see in "Boys don't cry".

However, unlike "Boys.." there's no sexual assault or murder in this one, which doesn't compromise its depth and Sergio Toledo's careful direction and proper screenplay. And it succeeds in focusing on Vera's personality and feelings, instead of her sexual life, which "Boys...", as good as it is, did.

It's definitely one of my all-time favourites and shouldn't be viewed only by those who are into gay/lesbian/transgender films, but by all those open-minded people who appreciate a good drama.

Watch out for the great Brazilian actor Raul Cortez in a small but important role.

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