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The Story of Fausta (1987)

Romance da Empregada (original title)
| Drama
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 ... See full summary »


Bruno Barreto


Naum Alves de Souza (as Naum Alves de Sousa)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Betty Faria ... Fausta
Daniel Filho ... João
Brandão Filho Brandão Filho ... Zé da Placa
Cristina Pereira Cristina Pereira ... Coizinha
Antonio Pedro Antonio Pedro ... Joaquim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Alves Maria Alves
Expedito Barreira Expedito Barreira
Nica Bomfim Nica Bomfim
Mario Borges Mario Borges
Neusa Borges Neusa Borges ... (as Neuza Borges)
Candido Damm Candido Damm
Arthur Costa Filho
Stela Freitas Stela Freitas ... Fausta's friend
Raul Gazolla Raul Gazolla ... Argentinian tourist
Cláudia Jimenez Cláudia Jimenez


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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Filmed on various locations in Rio de Janeiro. Central Train Station, Zoologic Garden, Paquetá Island, Planetário da Gávea and many streets of the city. See more »

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Struggles of working-class Brazilians, funny and sad
16 June 1999 | by kipper-5See all my reviews

I've watched this movie several times, because its depiction of the everyday life of working-class Brazilians fascinates me, with plenty of heartbreak and some occasional laughter. But I'm not prepared to say how realistic it is. I would ask a Brazilian for an opinion on that.

I like Betty Faria a lot; she was also in "Bye Bye Brazil" and many other Brazilian films, and she's very funny when she wants to be. Brandao Filho is also very charming as the old man that Fausta connects with. But, boy, Bruno Barreto sure knows how to make a depressing movie.

Ruben Blades did the music on the soundtrack--Lord knows why. It's good but it didn't seem very Brazilian to me.

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