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Verônica (2008)

A teacher takes a student to his house in the slum, but on arrival discovers that drug traffickers have killed his parents and now are looking for him.


Maurício Farias


Maurício Farias (screenplay), Bernardo Guilherme (screenplay)
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Andrea Beltrão ... Verônica
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julio Adrião Julio Adrião ... Rui
Camila Amado Camila Amado ... Dona Rita
Jonathan Azevedo Jonathan Azevedo ... Puleiro
Aline Borges Aline Borges ... Janete
Wallace Coutinho Wallace Coutinho ... Tiquinho
Andréa Dantas Andréa Dantas ... Selma
Matheus de Sá Matheus de Sá ... Leandro
Ailton Graça Ailton Graça ... Major Diniz
Giulio Lopes Giulio Lopes ... Coutinho
Jorge Lucas Jorge Lucas ... Almeida
Flávio Migliaccio Flávio Migliaccio ... Seu Luís
Marco Ricca Marco Ricca ... Paulo
Patrícia Selonik Patrícia Selonik ... Aline
Thogun Teixeira Thogun Teixeira ... Aranha (as Thogun)


A teacher takes a student to his house in the slum, but on arrival discovers that drug traffickers have killed his parents and now are looking for him.

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Crime | Drama



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Release Date:

6 February 2009 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Veronica See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Brazilian Gloria Is Called Verônica
13 July 2009 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In the west area of Rio de Janeiro, the school teacher Verônica (Andréa Beltrão) works in a CIEP nearby a slum. Verônica is separated from the police officer Paulo (Marco Ricca) and his mother is interned in a public hospital waiting for a varicose veins surgery on her leg. When the boy Leandro (Matheus de Sá) is left in school and her mother does not arrive to bring him home, Verônica takes the boy home in the slum. However, the street where the boy lives is blocked by the police and the vendor of the bar advises her to leave the place since Leandro's parents have been killed and the boy would be the next. Verônica brings the stubborn and annoying boy home and when she opens the flash memory that Leandro's father gave to him in the computer, she sees that his father had recorded a deal between corrupt cops and drug dealers. Verônica is chased by both, dirty cops and drug traffickers, and tries to escape with Leandro to another place.

The 1980 "Gloria" is a dramatic thriller written and directed by John Cassavetes with his awesome wife Gena Rowlands in the lead role. In 1999, Sidney Lumet remade this great feature with Sharon Stone performing Gloria in a terrible remake, but he gave the credits to the writer John Cassavetes. "Verônica" is an adaptation of John Cassavetes' story to the sad reality of the slums of Rio de Janeiro but without the deserved credit of the original writer. The storyline is exactly the same but instead of New York, Rio de Janeiro; instead of mafia, drug dealers and dirty cops; instead of a black book of an accountant with copy of the records of the transactions, a flash memory with images. The annoying character performed by Matheus de Sá is unconvincing in his emotions, and Verônica's reaction in school is completely inadequate for an experienced teacher. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Verônica"

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