Fausta is a survivor who dreams of building a house on land she’s buying on the installment plan. Meanwhile she lives in a one-room tin-roofed hovel with her idle husband, João, and she works as a maid. The elderly but randy Zé, who carries advertising signs at the train station, buys her perfume and invites her to spend Sundays with him. She accepts. After João injures his foot, stops work, drinks more, and wallows in self pity, Fausta sees Zé as her way out, if he’ll help her buy the land and build a house. Through it all she’s a scourge, arguing, jeering and being jeered, but also displaying the spirit and energy of her idol, Tina Turner. –IMDb
Bruno Barreto (born March 16, 1955) is a Brazilian film director born in Rio de Janeiro. He has been making feature-length films ever since he was seventeen years old and remains one of Brazil’s most accomplished and popular directors to this day. The type of films he makes vary widely from light comedies like Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976) and Bossa Nova (2000) to tense political thrillers like Four Days in September (1997). Four Days in September was entered into the 47th Berlin International Film Festival.
Other films Barreto has directed films include Carried Away and View from the Top. Barreto was married to actress Amy Irving from 1996 to 2005, with whom he made Bossa Nova and Carried Away. They had one son (Gabriel) together. He is the ex-stepfather of Max Spielberg Irving’s son by her first husband Steven Spielberg. —Wikipedia