Hour of the Star (1985)
Director: Suzana Amaral
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|This striking adaptation of the canonical novel by Clarice Lispector tracks the tragicomic ordeals of Macabea during her first days in the megalopolis of Sao Paulo--after emigration from the impoverished north of Brazil. In Portuguese; with English subtitles. Title from container. Performer: Marcelia Cartaxo Jos Dumont Tamara Taxman Fernanda Montenegro. Originally released as a motion picture in Brazil in 1985. Audience: Not rated. AwardsBerlin Film Festival Winner: Best Actesss ; Havana Film Festival Winner: Best Film. Subject: Foreign films. Added author: Lispector Clarice.|
"A gem of a movie. Suzana Amaral's first feature is truly an astounding achievement. Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News
"Quietly magnificent. A genuinely unforgettable performance by Marcelia Cartaxo. Michael Wilmington, The Los Angeles Times
Editor's NoteMacabea is an impoverished young woman who moves to the city of Sao Paolo from the northeast countryside of Brazil. With no chance for success, she finds moments of happiness through hope and fantasy.
Cast & Crew
|Assuncao Hernandes - Producer|
|Clarice Lispector - Based On Novel By|
|Edgar Moura - Cinematographer|
|Ide Lacreta - Editor|
|Marcus Vinicius - Musical Score|
|Suzana Amaral - Writer|
|Suzana Amaral - Director|
Plot SummarySuzana Amaral's debut feature explores the poignant life of Macabéa, an inarticulate and poor young woman who has left her rural home in Brazil's northeast to make her way in the city of Sao Paulo. Her attempts to succeed in the workplace often end in failure, and her romance with Olímpico, another social outcast longing for something better, does not fulfill her dreams of love.| Then a seer promises that a wonderful event will transform Macabéa's life -- but once again, reality is crueler than Macabéa has imagined...