The life of a family during the last days of the Salazar dictatorship and beyond.




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Series cast summary:
Miguel Guilherme ...
 António Lopes (104 episodes, 2007-2011)
Rita Blanco ...
 Margarida Lopes (104 episodes, 2007-2011)
Luís Ganito ...
 Carlitos (104 episodes, 2007-2011)
Catarina Avelar ...
 Hermínia (104 episodes, 2007-2011)
Rita Brutt ...
 Isabel (104 episodes, 2007-2011)
Luís Lucas ...
 Narrator (103 episodes, 2007-2011)
Mariema ...
 Emília (102 episodes, 2007-2011)
Francisco Madeira ...
 Luís (102 episodes, 2007-2011)
Luís Alberto ...
 Camões (100 episodes, 2007-2011)
Sandra Santos ...
 Nani (99 episodes, 2007-2011)
Fernando Pires ...
 Tony (98 episodes, 2007-2011)
José Raposo ...
 Ramires (98 episodes, 2007-2011)
Filipe Vargas ...
 Dino (97 episodes, 2007-2011)
Maria João Abreu ...
 Clara (97 episodes, 2007-2011)
João Maria Pinto ...
 Fanan (97 episodes, 2007-2011)
Margarida Carpinteiro ...
 Vitória (97 episodes, 2007-2011)
Figueira Cid ...
 Renato (92 episodes, 2007-2011)
Manuel Wiborg ...
 Father Vítor / ... (92 episodes, 2007-2011)
Manuel Alves ...
 Marinho (68 episodes, 2007-2010)
Augusto Portela ...
 Rui Braga (60 episodes, 2007-2010)
Tiago Delfino ...
 Emídio (49 episodes, 2009-2011)


The life of a family during the last days of the Salazar dictatorship and beyond.

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22 April 2007 (Portugal)  »

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€90,000 (estimated)

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(26 episodes)


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It cost more than EUR90,000 per episode and about EUR9,000.000, making it one of the most expensive TV Series ever made in Portugal. See more »

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Many of us learn, others remember...
11 December 2008 | by (Porto, Portugal) – See all my reviews

"Conta-me como foi" is, in my view, the best show in Portuguese television. We can actually learn something with the story because it's an historical document. It talks about a controversial time in the history of Portugal. It is very important to know that they focus the story in the end of the 60's. Portugal was tired of the dictatorial government of Salazar. There was a war, the political police (PIDE), many exploitations by the rich and we have many references to it in the show. But the story begins when Portugal starts to change, the world itself was changing!

The cast is very well chosen. Miguel Guilherme gives a wonderful interpretation.His character (Antonio) is a good example of honesty and what a life of hard work is. Rita Blanco gives a fantastic performance as Margarida. They have a lot of chemistry. All the family is great and Dona Hermínia, played by Catarina Avelar is really a great character. Rita Brutt, who plays Isabel was a very good surprise. Her acting is quite good and different. We can compare her to a young Rita Blanco.

There is a political side in the plot. There's also a character, played by Ana Guiomar (Lena), who fights for a different Portugal and takes Fernando Pires (Tony) with her. The students weren't passive at all and many of them were arrested by resisting the government. We can actually see a great development in these two characters (Tony and Lena).

But the show is much more than that. It's also a nostalgia and a journey to those times when a kid didn't have computers, video games or internet. Many of them didn't have television either. But, as we can see, "the three musketeers" ( I think Camões called them this name once): Carlitos, Marinho and Luís didn't need anything of those things to have fun. The kids provide great acting and that helps a lot with the story and they attract younger audiences to the show.

There is a mist of drama/ comedy /romance that is very well developed. The plots have a solid structure and and we can notice that the dialogue is suited to 1968/early 70's Portugal. Good script!

The photography is fantastic and quite interesting for a television show. The music is really nostalgic. The sets are so realistic and there are plenty of details ( magazines,old furniture,newspapers, posters and much more!)

All in all, it's a fantastic show and I congratulate the team that is behind this project. "Conta-me como foi" is a show with the greatest quality level.

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