The series follows closely real events, particularly with respect to famous people (who appear under alternative names but whose real-life counterparts are easily identifiable in Brazil). One artistic license was particularly controversial in Brazil: Jose Higino (the alternative name for former President Lula da Silva) speaks in a private conversation about the need to "staunch the bleeding" (estancar a sangria), in a reference to the large number of high-level people being investigated, arrested, or indicted by the Lava Jato operation. In reality, the phrase was captured in a wiretapped phone conversation being said by Senator Romero Jucá. The Senator at one point was the leader of the Government caucus in the Senate during Dilma Rousef's Presidency, but eventually changed position and supported her impeachment. See more »
This show really grabbed me. I almost never binge-watch and this was one of the few shows I did. Everyone has a motive and the characters aren't flat.
Don't listen to the Ministry of Truth. This show is not a political piece. It's actually as unbiased as it can be. Too bad the facts don't leave much room for tweaking.
As for calling it "fake news"... It's not a news piece. It's a TV show. Right at the beginning of each episode it says it was loosely based on a true story. I guess some people just can't read (which is why they believe in fairy tales).
I just hope Netflix doesn't budge to the naysayers and gives us a second season. This is truly one of the best TV shows to come out of Brazil.
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