Macabéa is a young girl that leaves Brazilian Northeast in order to try a better life in São Paulo, at the age of 19. The movie shows the meeting of this naïve girl with the tricks of the big city. Based on the novel by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.
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What a heavy take on Lispector's great novel. Clarice wrote something so word-worthy it's almost impossible to bring to life. As a book, we are caught on 40 pages of character building to get to Macabéa story. The film loses it and take us on a romance about the last 40: and for that it's incomplete. By the way: this is the first time I see Fernanda Montenegro ruin a movie with an uninspiring construction.