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Maria Alves
Expedito Barreira
Nika Bonfim
Mario Borges
Neuza Borges
Candido Damm
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Stela Freitas ...
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Raul Gazolla
Cláudia Jimenez
Eri Johnson
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Fausta is a survivor who dreams of building a house on land she's buying on the installment plan. Meanwhile she lives in a one-room tin-roofed hovel with her idle husband, João, and she works as a maid. The elderly but randy Zé, who carries advertising signs at the train station, buys her perfume and invites her to spend Sundays with him. She accepts. After João injures his foot, stops work, drinks more, and wallows in self pity, Fausta sees Zé as her way out, if he'll help her buy the land and build a house. Through it all she's a scourge, arguing, jeering and being jeered, but also displaying the spirit and energy of her idol, Tina Turner. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Struggles of working-class Brazilians, funny and sad
16 June 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I've watched this movie several times, because its depiction of the everyday life of working-class Brazilians fascinates me, with plenty of heartbreak and some occasional laughter. But I'm not prepared to say how realistic it is. I would ask a Brazilian for an opinion on that.

I like Betty Faria a lot; she was also in "Bye Bye Brazil" and many other Brazilian films, and she's very funny when she wants to be. Brandao Filho is also very charming as the old man that Fausta connects with. But, boy, Bruno Barreto sure knows how to make a depressing movie.

Ruben Blades did the music on the soundtrack--Lord knows why. It's good but it didn't seem very Brazilian to me.


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