Following a newspaper ad, ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho, which are then re-enacted by actresses, blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation.
Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »
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Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Juliana Carneiro da Cunha
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
My mother has a friend who has lived in Edifício Master for over 20 years. So I have been to the building several times over all these years, mostly during my childhood. I recently met her and we spoke about the movie. She hated that it was made, and refused to be interviewed. She also did not watch the movie herself. There is a big stigma associated to buildings like Ed. Master (there are a few like it in Copacabana, but not that many). There are even stories about buildings that had their street numbers changed, so bad the reputation they earned, always in connection with prostitution and drug dealing. What I like about the movie, is that it shows that it is true that prostitutes do live there, but also that everyone is a human being, with often complex feelings. It is interesting to see how important it was for several of those interviewed to live in Copacabana, a famous postcard from Rio. Almost all of those are not from Rio, which adds a little to the postcard effect. Copacabana is indeed a very diverse, I'd even say strange place. Many tourists, a lot of violence, many street-kids snorting glue, smoking dope, a huge number of prostitutes. Both female and male (mostly transvestites). The only thing I think was missing was a transsexual interviewee (I'm sure there are some living there).
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