The Hour Of The Star

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Cartaxo, a frumpy 19-year-old orphan from northern Brazil, reveals herself in beautifully simple terms: "I am a typist, I am a virgin, and I like Coca-Cola." Uneducated, unwashed, and unnoticed by most of the people around her, Cartaxo has no confidence and no ambition to be anything but someone's wife. Sharing a broken-down one-room apartment with three...read more

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Cartaxo, a frumpy 19-year-old orphan from northern Brazil, reveals herself in beautifully simple terms: "I am a typist, I am a virgin, and I like Coca-Cola." Uneducated, unwashed, and unnoticed by most of the people around her, Cartaxo has no confidence and no ambition to be anything but

someone's wife. Sharing a broken-down one-room apartment with three other young women, she is unable to adjust to their ways. She has no lover, knows nothing about hygiene or cosmetics, and is even too bashful to undress in front of the others. On weekends, while her friends meet with their

lovers, Cartaxo indulges in her favorite pastime--riding the subway. Then she meets the swarthy Dumont. They chat, he asks her to take a walk with him, and they become friends. He tells her of his great plan to become a congressman, although he is too uneducated to explain what one does. Cartaxo,

believing that she's found a man who can look after her, now has a reason to improve her life. THE HOUR OF THE STAR is an impressive effort from first-time director Amaral, who at age 52, after bringing up nine children and graduating from the NYU Film School, returned to her native Sao Paulo,

Brazil, to make the film, based on a 1977 novella. Both its photography and the plight of its poor heroine, approach neorealism in style, depending heavily on the excellent debut performance of 23-year-old stage actress Cartaxo. (In Portuguese; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Cartaxo, a frumpy 19-year-old orphan from northern Brazil, reveals herself in beautifully simple terms: "I am a typist, I am a virgin, and I like Coca-Cola." Uneducated, unwashed, and unnoticed by most of the people around her, Cartaxo has no confidence an… (more)

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