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andrabem from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
25 June 2007
Gloria (Carla Camurati) is unemployed and wants to be an actress. She
finally finds a job in a studio. When the main actress of the film,
Angela (Cristina Aché), dies in an accident, Gloria is called to make
the dubbing, because her voice resembles that of the dead actress. As
her work in the film progresses, Gloria begins little by little to
assume the personality of Angela.
Gloria is a shy and sweet girl. Angela's character is straightforward
and direct and she is also a manipulating girl with an uninhibited
(imaginary?) sex life, but how was Angela? The lines are blurred -
Angela and Angela's character lives seem to mix together and share the
same destiny. Possession?
Gloria is slowly being possessed by Angela. This possession grows more
and more strong. Gloria sees Angela in her dreams and begins to live(?)
Angela or Angela's character life - her mirror sometimes reflects
Angela's face instead of her own. Chaos and ambiguity follow. Things
seem to be heading for disaster. La Danse Macabre is about to start
again. So it seems. A promising story!
"A Estrela Nua" offers many symbols and hints (a broken mirror, garlic
(!), lit candles etc. But unfortunately these symbols lead to nothing.
No real meaning at all, in my opinion - just images, just symbols,
because they are not based on anything. The possession seems
far-fetched. Gloria was a normal girl with no special relationship
problems (and the film doesn't show any dangerous undertows moving
inside of her) and suddenly out of nothing she becomes possessed!
"A Estrela Nua" (like many other Brazilian films - for instance,
"Cidade Baixa" and "Amarelo Manga") lacks depth. Brazilian films, in
general, are good in portraying realistic situations and the simple
conflicts arising from them. But when they try to describe deeper
feelings, they fall short.
Let's compare "A Estrela Nua" with "Repulsion" by Polanski. In
"Repulsion", Polanski describes the slow descent of Carole (Catherine
Deneuve) into madness. We see that Carole is a very shy girl, but from
the beginning, delicate hints are given pointing to her disturbed mind:
her excessive dislike to be touched, her mania for cleanliness etc..
She begins to fall into chaos and eventually is completely possessed by
the fear and hate that inhabited her for so long. It all climaxes with
an explosion of lunacy and murder. Still the happenings are believable
enough. "Repulsion"'s horror effectiveness lies in its being, in a way,
so close to reality - but this reality (surface) fades aways more and
more from Carole's life and her inner drives take over.
Not so "A Estrela Nua". The film tells about the deep inner crisis that
Gloria is going through, that, in a way, threatens her own existence -
but her crisis seemed unreal to me.
A soap opera, a melodrama, have no concern about reality, a surrealist
film surpasses reality and fantasy reigns supreme in horror films.
"A Estrela Nua" pretends to be a realistic film and even if it plunged
suddenly into horror/fantasy, this would have to be done in an
effective way to work out. But "A Estrela Nua" didn't succeed in that.
Even the solution found by the film to explain the story - a box inside
a box inside a box - is not satisfying enough. At least for me.
All in all, it's better to turn off your critical faculties and accept
the story as it is. The acting of Carla Camurati, Cristina Aché and the
remaining cast is good. The film has anyway more depth and it's more
human than your typical Hollywood movie. So if you don't expect too
much you'll enjoy "A Estrela Nua" with its (in spite of all)
interesting story and its beautiful actresses.
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