The Story Of Fausta

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Faria is a poor maid who lives in a miserable shantytown on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Her home sits on the edge of a river and is constantly imperiled by floods. Her husband, a lazy lout, is lamed after a rock falls on his foot, driving him deep into depression and alcoholism. Every day, as Faria takes the train into town for work, she finds herself...read more

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Faria is a poor maid who lives in a miserable shantytown on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Her home sits on the edge of a river and is constantly imperiled by floods. Her husband, a lazy lout, is lamed after a rock falls on his foot, driving him deep into depression and alcoholism. Every

day, as Faria takes the train into town for work, she finds herself subjected to the coarse suggestions of an old man. When he presents Faria with a cheap bottle of perfume, she begins to take more kindly notice of his advances, accepting a date and allowing him to buy her treats and small gifts.

He tells her he has a large sum of money hidden under his bed and offers to help her buy some land in the country. Faria decides that her only chance to make a better life for herself is to get her hands on the old man's money. Director Luis Carlos Barreto effectively shows the grinding force of

the exploitation and poverty. Barreto is best known for the first Brazilian film to garner a worldwide audience, DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS (1977), and this was his best work since that film. Abandoning fantasy for social realism, he created a compelling view of the underside of sunny Rio.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Faria is a poor maid who lives in a miserable shantytown on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Her home sits on the edge of a river and is constantly imperiled by floods. Her husband, a lazy lout, is lamed after a rock falls on his foot, driving him deep int… (more)

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