From a poor background, a mother of five has her baby daughter kidnapped and fights for having her back, as time goes by and she rises to a better life with her remaining sons.
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Series cast summary:
Susana Vieira ...  Maria do Carmo 199 episodes, 2004-2005
Renata Sorrah Renata Sorrah ...  Nazaré / ... 180 episodes, 2004-2005
José Wilker ...  Giovanni 171 episodes, 2004-2005
José Mayer José Mayer ...  Dirceu 170 episodes, 2004-2005
Carolina Dieckmann ...  Isabel / ... 163 episodes, 2004-2005
Leonardo Vieira Leonardo Vieira ...  Leandro 153 episodes, 2004-2005
Eduardo Moscovis ...  Reginaldo 152 episodes, 2004-2005
Leandra Leal Leandra Leal ...  Cláudia 149 episodes, 2004-2005
Marcello Antony Marcello Antony ...  Viriato / ... 148 episodes, 2004-2005
Letícia Spiller ...  Viviane 145 episodes, 2004-2005
Dado Dolabella Dado Dolabella ...  Plínio 137 episodes, 2004-2005
Débora Falabella ...  Maria Eduarda 133 episodes, 2004-2005
José de Abreu José de Abreu ...  Josivaldo 117 episodes, 2004-2005
Nelson Xavier ...  Sebastião 116 episodes, 2004-2005
Dan Stulbach Dan Stulbach ...  Edgar 113 episodes, 2004-2005
Carol Castro Carol Castro ...  Angélica 106 episodes, 2004-2005
Adriana Lessa Adriana Lessa ...  Rita 103 episodes, 2004-2005
Ângela Vieira Ângela Vieira ...  Gisela 103 episodes, 2004-2005
Jéssica Sodré Jéssica Sodré ...  Lady Daiane 102 episodes, 2004-2005
Glória Menezes ...  Laura 100 episodes, 2004-2005
Leonardo Miggiorin Leonardo Miggiorin ...  Shao Lin 99 episodes, 2004-2005
Mara Manzan Mara Manzan ...  Janice 99 episodes, 2004-2005
Wolf Maya Wolf Maya ...  Leonardo 95 episodes, 2004-2005
Raul Cortez Raul Cortez ...  Pedro 92 episodes, 2004-2005
Mylla Christie Mylla Christie ...  Eleonora 90 episodes, 2004-2005
Heitor Martinez Heitor Martinez ...  João Manoel / ... 85 episodes, 2004-2005
Marcela Barrozo Marcela Barrozo ...  Bianca 85 episodes, 2004-2005
Tania Khalill ...  Nalva 84 episodes, 2004-2005
André Gonçalves André Gonçalves ...  Venâncio 80 episodes, 2004-2005
Thadeu Matos Thadeu Matos ...  Bruno 80 episodes, 2004-2005
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A soap opera about and for the Brazilian worker. A story about people who win in life through their own efforts. A plot that brings Maria do Carmo, mother of five children, as the main spot, a person who won in life fighting for it, but a person which will have as her main battle finding her daughter, kidnapped a little time after she was born. A story about family conflicts and relations spiced with the rescue of values that the society no longer cares about. The plot is divided in two parts: the first one will be 1968, during the beginning of Brazil's Military Dictatorship, and last four and a half chapters; and the second one begins after a long time, the time we're living now. Written by Ikescs

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The history of a mother that lost her daughter, but never lost her faith.

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Brazil]

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

28 June 2004 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Own Destiny See more »

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Rede Globo de Televisão See more »
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(221 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

The story is strongly reminiscent of the "Pedrinho case" in which Vilma Martins Costa, a businesswoman, took away the infant Pedro Baule Pinto from his parents hours just a couple hours after his birth. The boy was 16 when Vilma's deeds were uncovered by the police and he could return to his biological parents. See more »

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Referenced in Fina Estampa: Episode #1.55 (2011) See more »

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Captivating
26 September 2004 | by bristowsSee all my reviews

Senhora do Destino is turning out to be one of the most successful soap operas of the decade. The ratings are stunning considering how slow the plot seems to develop sometimes. However, it captivates the audience with it's moving story and characters.

The first phase, which told the viewers some of the harsh time Brazil was going through during the late 60's was a masterpiece. Now in the second phase (which is the one we are now) we get to know where the main character stands after so many years of looking for her kidnapped daughter. Her 4 boys are now all grown men with different personalities and we find out that her daughter (Lindalva) is now called Isabel and is not only is living in the same city as her birth mother, but is having a happy life with her "mother" (the villain of the show, played brilliantly by Renata Sorrah) and "sister".

We also get to meet so many interesting characters like Giovanni Improtta - which, in my opinion, is one of the best characters ever created by a Brazilian author - and his hilarious family which merges romantically and dramatically with Sebastião's (Do Carmo's conservative brother) family. His oldest son, João Manoel is dating Sebastião's youngest daughter, Regininha and his only daughter, Jenifer, which daddy's been so proud of is about to fall in love with Sebastião's oldest and equally perfect daughter, Eleonora, who is already in love with her. The dynamic is amazing to watch.

Some of the story lines are boring and incredibly slow and that is definitely a turn down. What's interesting though is that the time line now is fictional; we don't know how many years have passed since the incident in 68 so we have mixed realities of the 90's and our current time mixed in one.


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