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Playing (2007)

Jogo de Cena (original title)
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.

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Eduardo Coutinho
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Cast overview:
Marília Pêra ... Herself
Andrea Beltrão ... Herself
Fernanda Torres ... Herself
Aleta Gomes Vieira Aleta Gomes Vieira ... Herself
Claudiléa Cerqueira de Lemos Claudiléa Cerqueira de Lemos ... Herself
Débora Almeida Débora Almeida ... Herself
Gisele Alves Moura Gisele Alves Moura ... Herself
Jeckie Brown Jeckie Brown ... Herself
Lana Guelero Lana Guelero ... Herself
Maria de Fátima Barbosa Maria de Fátima Barbosa ... Herself
Marina D'Elia Marina D'Elia ... Herself
Mary Sheila Mary Sheila ... Herself
Sarita Houli Brumer Sarita Houli Brumer ... Herself
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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.

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Brazil

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Portuguese

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2007 (Brazil) See more »

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Matizar, VideoFilmes See more »
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1.66 : 1
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The production company published a small newspaper ad asking women over 18 in Rio de Janeiro to tell their life stories for a documentary. 83 women answered the ad, 23 of them were selected and their interviews were filmed in June 2006 on the stage of Glauce Rocha Theater in Rio. In September, a few actresses re-enacted the interviews and commented on their approach, difficulties and doubts. See more »

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Life and Art: an interpretation
6 January 2008 | by sltfilhoSee all my reviews

After an ad placed on the newspaper, Eduardo Coutinho, the director, listens to stories of ordinary women. Actresses play the same stories, alternatively.

With a simple premise, the public is invited to see more than meets the eye. The real-life women shows us such a richness of detalis, strong personalities and delicate ways of perceiving the world. The actresses find difficulty on containing the emotions that the real character didn't even show on the speech. And suddenly the audience is challenged to figure out what is reality and what is interpretation on a thin line between life and art - as no other work is usually able to show us.

When comparing real life and interpretation, we come to our senses that everything is, indeed, interpretation. No matter if as past experiences or a script offered by the director, emotions are always emotions and we find ourselves flowing on the realms of speech.

A surprising masterpiece on both art and life, that amazes, moves and puzzles us. Coutinho again shows us that a simple idea is able to bring us deep experiences - especially with the unseen beauty there is right in front of us.


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