The idealistic and brave Isabel (Camila Pitanga) is the maid of a French lady who taught her the European language and manners, and was raised by her father, the former slave Afonso (Milton... See full synopsis »




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Series cast summary:
Marjorie Estiano ...  Laura Assunção 151 episodes, 2012-2013
Camila Pitanga ...  Isabel Nascimento 149 episodes, 2012-2013
Patricia Pillar ...  Constância Assunção 147 episodes, 2012-2013
Lázaro Ramos ...  Zé Maria dos Santos 144 episodes, 2012-2013
Thiago Fragoso ...  Edgar Vieira 142 episodes, 2012-2013
Rafael Cardoso ...  Albertinho Assunção 138 episodes, 2012-2013
Emílio de Mello Emílio de Mello ...  Carlos Guerra 129 episodes, 2012-2013
Maria Clara Gueiros Maria Clara Gueiros ...  Neusinha Soares / ... 126 episodes, 2012-2013
Álamo Facó Álamo Facó ...  Quequé 122 episodes, 2012-2013
Isabela Garcia Isabela Garcia ...  Celinha 121 episodes, 2012-2013
Zezeh Barbosa Zezeh Barbosa ...  Jurema 121 episodes, 2012-2013
Maria Padilha Maria Padilha ...  Diva Celeste 120 episodes, 2012-2013
Paulo Betti Paulo Betti ...  Mário Cavalcanti 115 episodes, 2012-2013
Sheron Menezzes Sheron Menezzes ...  Berenice 115 episodes, 2012-2013
Caio Blat ...  Fernando Vieira 114 episodes, 2012-2013
Cristiana Guinle Cristiana Guinle ...  Carlota Passos 104 episodes, 2012-2013
Priscila Sol Priscila Sol ...  Sandra Praxedes 104 episodes, 2012-2013
Tuca Andrada ...  Frederico Martins 103 episodes, 2012-2013
Milton Gonçalves ...  Afonso Nascimento 101 episodes, 2012-2013
Bia Seidl Bia Seidl ...  Margarida Vieira 94 episodes, 2012-2013
Guilherme Piva Guilherme Piva ...  Delegado Praxedes 94 episodes, 2012-2013
Juliane Araújo Juliane Araújo ...  Alice Passos 93 episodes, 2012-2013
Débora Duarte ...  Eulália Praxedes 92 episodes, 2012-2013
Cássio Gabus Mendes ...  Bonifácio Vieira 91 episodes, 2012-2013
Cauê Campos Cauê Campos ...  Elias 87 episodes, 2012-2013
Klebber Toledo Klebber Toledo ...  Umberto 86 episodes, 2012-2013
Marcello Melo Jr. Marcello Melo Jr. ...  Caniço 86 episodes, 2012-2013
Alessandra Negrini ...  Catarina Ribeiro 83 episodes, 2012-2013
Samuel Sadovnik ...  Elias 82 episodes, 2012-2013
Daniel Dalcin Daniel Dalcin ...  Teodoro 81 episodes, 2012-2013
César Mello César Mello ...  Chico 81 episodes, 2012-2013
George Sauma George Sauma ...  Jonas 80 episodes, 2012-2013
Werner Schünemann ...  Alberto Assunção 79 episodes, 2012-2013
Luisa Friese Luisa Friese ...  Matilde 78 episodes, 2012-2013
Ana Paula Lopes Ana Paula Lopes ...  Luzia 69 episodes, 2012-2013
Lais Vieira Lais Vieira ...  Etelvina 63 episodes, 2012-2013


The idealistic and brave Isabel (Camila Pitanga) is the maid of a French lady who taught her the European language and manners, and was raised by her father, the former slave Afonso (Milton Gonçalves). In a samba gathering, she meets Zé Maria (Lazaro Ramos), a hard-working man who hides a secret: he is a capoeira player, an illegal martial art he hopes to see recognized. Laura (Marjorie Estiano) is the daughter of former coffee barons Assunção (Werner Schünemann) and Constância (Patrícia Pillar), but luxury and wealth does not impress her. Having her degree in Education, she finds fulfillment in teaching. Her mother is resistant to her revolutionary ways and puts all hope in Lauras engagement to Edgar (Thiago Fragoso) as a means to ascend socially. Edgar is an upstanding man who has studied in Portugal to take over the business of his father, the cunning Senator Bonifácio (Cássio Gabus Mendes).

Fate brings these two women together at church: Laura is uncertain about her future with ...

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10 September 2012 (Brazil) See more »

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A good period soap opera.
9 December 2017 | by filipemanuelnetoSee all my reviews

For those who enjoy a soap opera, Brazil is fertile ground, as the overwhelming majority of general TV channels in the country transmit, on average, four soap operas daily. Invariably, much of this material eventually goes around the world, being bought and broadcast in other countries. One of the most permeable markets for Brazilian teledramaturgy is, of course, my country, due to its cultural and linguistic proximity. I watched "Lado a Lado" at the premiere in Portugal in 2014.

This soap opera runs during the late nineteenth century. Brazil was now a republic and an emerging world power, but power was still in the hands of the old aristocratic families of the imperial period, while the poorest were marginalized. Thus, the deep friendship between the rich and privileged Laura and the modest Isabel would have everything to be improbable. They are known in the worst circumstances: Isabel has just been forgotten on the altar by her fiancé, Zé Maria, who was arrested before he could go to the church where they were to be married, and where Laura is preparing to contract a marriage, arranged by family conveniences, with the young journalist Edgar. This friendship will fiercely oppose Laura's mother, the powerful and manipulative Constancia Assunção, whose husband has skillfully made the transition from the imperial aristocracy to republican politics, retaining the title of Baron as well as the position of senator of the republican parliament. This soap opera thus speaks of the emergence of a black culture, and of the combat against prejudices, racial and gender.

Camila Pitanga and Marjorie Estiano give life to the two protagonists in a very positive and beautiful way. Their friendship, although improbable, is visible and credible throughout the plot thanks to the good interpretation of the two actresses. Also very good was the performance of Lázaro Ramos and Thiago Fragoso, in the role of the two male protagonists. Patricia Pillar was a compelling and strong villain. Still worthy of a positive highlight are Maria Padilha, Caio Blat, Cássio Gabus Mendes and Werner Schünemann.

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