A race for passion and power lives in the metropolitan area, Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. A faithful, spotless young man and a ruthless manipulative lad compete on who to take over the ... See full summary »
Claiming to be an actual illegal immigrant, Deborah Secco worked for one day at a McDonald's in Boston in preparation for her role, also washing the floors. See more »
A big disappointment
One of the things I have enjoyed in Summer visits to Brazil is the featured soap opera. It usually makes for a focus of issues to discuss with people throughout Brazil as a sort of cultural link. This particular soap opera was barely tolerable. Characters are over-dramatic in almost ballet or silent film body gestures and the script is predictable, awash in stereotypes and exaggerated sob stories about general causes.
Screen movements are not realistic, they are more like classic theater. Camera shots fall short of their intent as artistic framing and often are overdone to the point of provoking laughter.
The concept of the cultural interchange between the US and Brazil could have been very interesting and insightful. This program makes it easy to be doing something else. It is a sad contrast to the likes of Mulheres Apaixonadas, Esperança or A Muralha.
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