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Better Days Ahead (1990)
"Dias Melhores Virão" (original title)

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Earning her living by dubbing American TV Series, a woman dreams of becoming an international Hollywood star.

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Maryalva 'Mary' Matos
Paulo José ...
Pompeu
Zezé Motta ...
Dalila
José Wilker ...
Wallace Caldeira
Rita Lee ...
Mary Shadow
Marilu Bueno ...
Adelaide
Paulo César Peréio ...
Pereira
Antonio Pedro ...
Salgado
Betina Vianny ...
Janete
Benjamin Cattan ...
Ferreirão
Patricio Bisso ...
Juanita
Michael Royster ...
Larry Shadow
Sandra Pêra ...
Tânia
Joffre Soares ...
Coronel
Leticia Monte ...
Iara
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In a Brazilian studio, where an American TV series is being dubbed to Portuguese, the middle-age Mary Matos dreams of becoming a Hollywood star. Her needy sentimental life is very complex: she lost her first love in a motorcycle accident, after making love with him; she has a married lover, Wallace, who promises to move with her to USA when his children are raised; and she has a brief affair with Pompeu, the director of the studio. Her best friend and neighbor is Dalila, who has an American boyfriend and pen pal. When Mary sees an advertisement in an American newspaper, looking for an actress with her profile, she decides to take a chance and move to USA. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A Melancholic Romantic Comedy With Dreams of a Third-World Woman
20 March 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a Brazilian studio, where an American TV series is being dubbed to Portuguese, the middle-age Mary Mattos (Marília Pêra) dreams of becoming a Hollywood star. Her needy sentimental life is very complex: she lost her first love in a motorcycle accident, after making love with him; she has a married lover, Wallace (José Wilker), who promises to move with her to USA when his children are raised; and she has a brief affair with Pompeu (Paulo José), the director of the studio. Her best friend and neighbor is Dalila (Zezé Mota), who has an American boyfriend and pen pal. When Mary sees an advertisement in an American newspaper, looking for an actress with her profile, she decides to take a chance and move to USA.

"Dias Melhores Virão" is a melancholic romantic comedy, having more ups than downs, and mainly supported by a magnificent cast, highlighting the outstanding Marília Pêra, one of the best Brazilian actress. This film was awarded with many prizes, such as Best Actress and Screenplay in the Festival of Cartagena (1991), Special Prize of the Jury of the Festival of Denzer (1990), "Art et Essai" in the Festival of Biarritz (1990), Prêmio Sharp, among others. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Dias Melhores Virão" ("Better Days Will Come")


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