A Hora da Estrela (Hour of the Star) (1986)
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as Olimpico de Jesus
as Madame Carlota (the macumba)
as Seu Raimundo
as Maria da Penha
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I will state right at the beginning that I am a sucker for Brazilian films. I lived in Bahia and toured Brazil in 1975 for 10 months. I remember the buzz about this movie in 1985 when it premiered. I was in Dallas. But I do not recall seeing it at the Inwood theater. I am glad I saw it now. It is such a good movie. It really is a classic of Brazilian cinema. To me this movie imparts me with feelings that all humans have the same longings no matter what your status or background or mental capacity is...I don't know that Macabéa was mentally slow but that she really just never had any REAL interactions with people before her family died and she was transported to the big city of Sao Paulo. She does seem to have a gloomy emptiness but is also happy and entertained at times. Others state the wish the directors did this or that.. we have here what they present us with!!! The film is as they wanted it!! I felt a lot of empathy with Macabéa and wished she had found others who could have given her more direction empathy and support in life. However in the end all things are resolved although the movie ends very sadly. Considering that this movie was probably made on a very small budget I think it is a fantastic accomplishment. Of course as always I feel the movie movies to slowly and will be too depressing for most of the USA movie crowd. however I found this a lovely emotional moving film. four very strong stars!!
[img]http://www.adorocinemabrasileiro.com.br/filmes/hora-da-estrela/hora-da-estrela01.jpg[/img] The Hour of the Star was a good adaptation of an excellent novel. Spectacularly good casting. This must be mentioned first, if only because a poorly cast Macabea would have ruined the picture. The film version of the Lispector's novel removes the self-conscious narrator and the imbedded meta-narrative, instead focusing on the naturalistic tale of poor Macabea, her oblivious contentment, and her horrible living conditions. A complete downer of a film from start to finish. Depressing yet accurately portrayed. A nice visualization of Macabea's life. Still it really does only adapt half the novel and therefore loses much of Lispectors meaning.
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