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Prime Time Soap (2011)

A Novela das 8 (original title)
Brazil, 1978, a group of people live their lives under the dictatorship, the euphoria of disco fever and the fantasy of "Dancin' Days", a prime time soap, which fictional drama is set on ... See full summary »


Odilon Rocha


Odilon Rocha
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Ohana ... Dora Dias
Vanessa Giácomo ... Amanda Lima
Mateus Solano ... João Paulo
Alexandre Nero ... Brandão
Otto Jr. ... Vicente
Paulo Lontra Paulo Lontra ... Caio
Thais Müller Thais Müller ... Monica (as Thais Muller)
Aline Fanju Aline Fanju ... Flávia
André Ramiro ... Sérgio
Camila Amado Camila Amado ... Maria
Guilherme Duarte Guilherme Duarte ... Pedro
Adriano Garib Adriano Garib ... Padre Otávio
João Sabiá João Sabiá ... Carlos
Lionel Fischer Lionel Fischer ... Alberico
Gustavo Novaes Gustavo Novaes ...


Brazil, 1978, a group of people live their lives under the dictatorship, the euphoria of disco fever and the fantasy of "Dancin' Days", a prime time soap, which fictional drama is set on the homonymous night club in Rio de Janeiro. After a fatal incident, Amanda and Dora (a high-class prostitute addicted to the TV drama, and her "maid") are forced to run away from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro with the fed Brandão in hot pursuit. While the excitement of visiting the disco "Dancin' Days" distracts Amanda from the danger of the situation she is in, Dora gets ready to confront her secret past. In a six degrees of separation manner, their destine will cross with João Paulo, a diplomat who feels like a foreigner in his own country, the revolutionary Vicente and his brother Pedro, and the teenager Caio, who was raised by his grandparents and counts with the support of his friend Mônica as he struggles to be accepted as a gay man. Both youngster are crazy about disco fever and fascinated by ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 March 2012 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Degisim See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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References Dancin' Days (1978) See more »


Written and performed by Guilherme Arantes
Gravadora: Som Livre
Editora: Warner Chappell Ed. Musicais LTDA.
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Interesting debut feature, not flawless but often fascinating
29 July 2013 | by manselstimpsonSee all my reviews

I am one of the critics invited to see Odilon Rocha's film last week and to comment. It is an intriguing piece set in Brazil in 1978 and it's much more serious than you might suppose from its English title, Prime Time Soap. In fact it starts by recalling "Thelma and Louise" as two female friends refuse to be victimised, but it then develops into a film that will appeal to those who admire Almodovar and his handling of female roles. But there's also a touch of Jacques Demy and a political and social concern that reminds one of Argentina's Pablo Trapero. One expects a contrast between the escapism of soaps and the real world in which the film is set, but this is blurred. That's a flaw, but see it if you can.

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