Uma Vida em Segredo (2001)

Young girl, born and raised in an isolated farm, is brought to a small town to live with her cousins, her only relatives. Once in town, she encounters great difficulty adapting to city life.


Suzana Amaral


Suzana Amaral, Autran Dourado (novel)
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Credited cast:
Sabrina Greve Sabrina Greve ... Biela
Eliane Giardini ... Constança
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cacá Amaral Cacá Amaral ... Conrado
João Antônio João Antônio ... Dr. Godinho
Benício Aleixo Bernardo Benício Aleixo Bernardo ... Jogador de Truco 3
Neusa Borges Neusa Borges ... Joviana (as Neuza Borges)
Tânia Botelho Tânia Botelho ... Dona Alice
Erasmo Xavier da Costa Erasmo Xavier da Costa ... Jogador Truco 2
João Luiz Pompeu de Pina João Luiz Pompeu de Pina ... Cavaleiro 2
Itamar Gonçalves Itamar Gonçalves ... Gumercindo
Nayara Guércio Nayara Guércio ... Mazília
Gê Martu Gê Martu ... Zico
Cida Mendes Cida Mendes ... Marieta
Braz Mendonça Braz Mendonça ... Jogador de Truco 1
Delmar Mendonça Delmar Mendonça ... Coronel Eupídio


Biela is a timid country girl, who has always lived on a large but family-worked farm with her father, her only original family member. When the father dies, she moves to her cousin's house in town, as he becomes her tutor and estate administrator. His wife, genuinely warm and well-intentioned, attempts to help Biela adapt to the town's social life, trying to transform the very rough country bumpkin into some resemblance of a city girl. But, Biela only feels at ease in the company of her element, the simple and rustic hired help. She even insists in taking her meals in the servant's cantine, and eventually wants to move into the domestics' sleeping quarters. Meanwhile, she meets Modesto, starting a very shy, somewhat forced relationship. But, the young man travels away and does not return, making Biela feel humiliated and miserable. One day, when she rescues a stray dog on the street, she finally starts to follow, and stick to, her own ("secret") way of life. Written by ElianaG

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18 July 2002 (Brazil) See more »

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A Hidden Life See more »

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