The daily lives and routine of 37 families living in a huge 12-story building in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: their drama, aspirations, intimate revelations, loneliness, dreams...

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For one week, Eduardo Coutinho and his team talked to 27 residents in an enormous building in Copacabana. Amongst these are a middle-aged couple who met through the classified ads in a newspaper, a call-girl who keeps her daughter and her sister, a retired actor, an ex-football player, and a janitor who suspects that his adopted father, whom he dreams about every night, is his real father. The subject of this documentary is private life in the big city, apartments as a last stronghold of individuality, in addition to emphasizing the fact that to live together in one and the same place does not ensure that a community will be formed. Written by Gonz30

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A trip to a strange familiar place.
4 December 2002 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This ever surprising documentary about the residents of a huge building located at Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, touches our very souls with the bitter-sweet stories of people (almost) like us. From the old couple always quarrelling about each other's idiosyncrasies to the young woman which sells her body but doesn't loose the girlish sparkles of her eyes, Coutinho takes us by hand on a trip over a very familiar, still astonishingly strange, place. Prepare yourself to laughs and cries.


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