Better Days Ahead
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCarlos Diegues
Written by
Produced byPaulo Cesar Ferreira
Starring
CinematographyLauro Escorel
Edited byGilberto Santeiro
Music byRita Lee
Roberto de Carvalho
Production
companies
Cininvest
Multiplic
Distributed byEmbrafilme
Release date
  • September 4, 1989 (1989-09-04)[1]
Running time
92 minutes
CountryBrazil
LanguagePortuguese

Better Days Ahead[2] (Portuguese: Dias Melhores Virão) is a 1989 Brazilian comedy-drama film directed by Carlos Diegues.

Plot

The staff of a dubbing studio celebrates the announcement of a Brazilian dubbing of an acclaimed show called The Mary Shadow Show. Mary Shadow is played by brazilian biggest rockstar, Rita Lee. To dub the main character, Dalila (Zezé Motta) indicates her neighbor Marialva (Marília Pêra), who adopts the name "Mary Mattos" as she dreams about becoming a Hollywood star. Marialva lives tormented by the death of her former boyfriend, and finds refuge on Wallace (José Wilker), a married man who promises he will abandon his family to live with her.

Meanwhile, Pompeu (Paulo José), the dubbing director falls in love with Marialva and says he will direct a film starring her. After some dates, Marialva asks Pompeu to go to Jacarepaguá, the district where Wallace lives; when he notices she just wanted to Wallace, Pompeu abandons Marialva there. From the top of a tree, Marialva witnesses Wallace with his family as he dies of a heart attack. After this, Marialva says to Dalila she will quit from the job.

When Dalila asks her to translate a letter from an American admirer, Marialva discovers The Mary Shadow Show needs a new actress to play the role of Mary Shadow's maid. Without telling to no one, Marialva goes to Wallace's office, takes some money he had left, and travels to the United States aiming to get the role. In the end, Marialva gets the role and when a new episode from The Mary Shadow Show arrives at the dubbing studio, Pompeu, Dalila and the rest of staff are thrilled.

Cast

Release and reception

After a limited release on September 4, 1989,[1] the film was first exhibited to general audience through TV Globo in the early 90s;[3] thus, film distributors boycotted Better Days Ahead on its theatrical release on October 4, 1991.[1][4]

In 1990, Better Days Ahead won the Special Prize at the Denver Film Festival and Biarritz Film Festival.[1] It won the 1991 Cartagena Film Festival in the categories Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Pêra).[1] In addition, it was the Brazilian submission for the 62nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, although it was not nominated.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Dias Melhores Virão" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "Brazilian Remakes 'Orpheus'". Philly.com. October 27, 1990. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  3. ^ ""O público está muito burro", diz Domingos Oliveira, diretor de "Carreiras", que estréia nesta sexta em Salvador". A Tarde (in Portuguese). Universo Online. June 28, 2007. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Couto, José Geraldo (April 16, 1995). "Quem é Caca Diegues". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Folha. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mostra Cacá Diegues" (in Portuguese). Canal Brasil. October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2014.