After the national success of the premiere in 2019, the series is back. Created by Giuliano Cedroni and Heather Roth and directed by Caito Ortiz, it is considered one of the most beautiful and interesting Brazilian productions today.
Despite being set in the 1960s, the second season addresses several criticisms and taboos that are still extremely current. It starts from the developments at the end of the first, when Lígia (Fernanda Vasconcellos) and Malu (Maria Casadevall) are shot by Augusto Soares (Gustavo Vaz) during New Year’s Eve. The spectator follows the consequences and traumas that this event caused in the characters.
Issues addressed in season 2 of
One of the main themes portrayed in the first season and which is also highlighted in the second is violence against women in abusive relationships. It is possible to observe criticisms on this subject both in the relationship of Malu and Pedro (Kiko Bertholini), her husband, and in that of Augusto and Lígia. Pedro finds his wife in Rio de Janeiro after disappearing for a year and seeks to win her back. Malu must fight to get rid of her husband who refuses to separate and tries to dominate her.
During the course of the series, the character of Maria Casadevall also talks about the violence present at her friend’s wedding. The protagonists are uncomfortable with lines that blame Lígia for the shots fired by Augusto.
Unfortunately, even today, it is still possible to observe speeches that place women as Machiavellian beings and men as poor victims of their charms. One of the most exciting moments of the season is Malu’s testimony in which he criticizes putting violence as a form of love, a relevant issue for the present.
Another positive aspect of this season is the black representation. Adélia (Pathy Dejesus) has a complex narrative that involves several characters. In addition, his sister Ivone (Larissa Nunes) gains more prominence when she decides to invest in her dream of being a singer and receives the help of Malu, her father, Captain (Ícaro Silva) and his mother.
This season focuses even more on the struggle of black women and the difficulties they face in order to be heard and stand out in society. Racism is very much portrayed in the series, the suffering of Adélia and her family is distressing. Her daughter Conceição (Sarah Vitória) also gains more screen time and addresses the prejudice she faces in her daily life. Thus, differently from the first season, the new episodes have a strong black core with their own conflicts.
Sorority is a very present theme in the series and, this season, it is even more reinforced. The union between Malu, Adélia, Ivone and Thereza (Mel Lisboa) exalts the feminist struggle. Throughout the episodes, the emancipation of women is evident, who increasingly aspire to a life independent of men. Thereza, for example, realizing that the life of a housewife is not enough for her, decides to return to the job market and joins the radio, where there is almost no female announcer.
Furthermore, it opens up the inequality between genders in society and portrays several subjects that were not widely discussed at the time. An important taboo addressed in the series is women’s sexuality. Although the female nudity is more present than the male, the scenes are focused on the woman’s pleasure. Again, it is possible to establish a relationship with the present, since this question remains a taboo.
In addition to the beautiful theme of the series, in which women question their position in society, production design, photography, costumes and the soundtrack are other aspects that deserve to be highlighted. The footage from Netflix portrays Rio de Janeiro beautifully. The costumes are appropriate to the time and extremely neat, they present the essence and charm of the 60s. The music becomes even more present in the second season, the soundtrack includes MPB and charming sambas to listen to.
It is shocking to see how the differences between men and women present at that time can be observed today. Although it is possible to verify that there was an evolution, the feminist struggle remains very hard and constant.
In portraying a still recurring theme, violence against women, takes a sensitive and delicate approach. This issue is very important to be discussed in the current political scenario in Brazil, because, due to the pandemic, the Brazilian Public Security Forum (FBSP) reported that cases of femicide grew by 22% between March and April this year. Thus, the second season of the series, in addition to being extremely relevant, causes reflections on today’s society.