Selma, a widowed and retired nurse, lives with Raimundo, her 24-year-old son, in a middle class neighborhood in Sao Paulo. Mother and son are very close. The routine of the family starts being disrupted, when Raimundo changes his behavior. Selma is jealous and fears that her son might have a girlfriend. The fear of losing his affection blinds her to what is coming.
Sao Paulo, Brazil. Isabel, a 25-year-old girl, is kidnapped. The first ATM the criminals try to withdraw money from is broken. It’s almost 10:00pm. The kidnappers realize they will not be able to get to the next one on time. What was meant to be an express kidnapping becomes an all-night imprisonment.
Dalva, a hairdresser who lives in the city of Sao Paulo, wins a trip to Miami in a hair styling contest. At the departure day, Dalva’s former fiance storms into her house and holds her and her mother hostage during his own despair.
A Starry Sky was considered by the Brazilian critics as one of the three most important movies of the 1990s.
Vera, a former political activist, receives restitution money from the Brazilian government because of the disappearance of her husband, a victim of political repression during the military dictatorship in the country (1964-1985). She is then able to afford the apartment of her dreams and frees herself from the suspension in which she lived in for decades, a period whilst she was not officially recognized as a widow. On the day she moves in, her husband comes back. Their meeting, filled with emotions, forces Vera to review her entire life.
Helena is a recently graduated attorney who shares her routine between her job as a Public Defender of children and adolescents in the Courthouse of the city of Santos, Brazil, and the care of the teenager Caio, with whom she lives a harmonic and honest life. Their relationship is put to the test when Caio commits a felony.
Four young black women live in the neighborhood of Brasilandia, in the underprivileged outskirts of Sao Paulo, and fight for the dream of making a living with their music. Friends since childhood, Preta, Barbarah, Mayah and Lena constantly need to fight against poverty, violence and sexism. Each of them succumb to their grim realities, but end up gathering the pieces of the group and regaining the joy of singing together.
The film Antonia generated a successful homonymous spin-off TV series at Rede Globo, which was indicated for the Emmy International in 2007, the television’s Oscar.