The Brazilian series, original from Netflix, which already has 2 seasons available on the platform, takes place around 1960, in Rio de Janeiro, of which Brazilian society reports in its various facets: rich, poor, black and white. The drama created by Heather Roth and Giuliano Cedroni presents strong themes, such as the fight against machismo, racism and other latent prejudices present in society today.
The story has 4 women as main characters, who daily face the obstacles of a world in favor of men. Thus, the opening of a new business, the creation of a child and the independence of their decisions were unimaginable without the presence of their spouses, however, the series demonstrates the opposite of this passive figure that women represented in society.
Thus, if the existence of Malu, Adélia, Lígia and Thereza were real, the women of the year 2020 would still have a lot to learn. The machismo that surrounded the characters is not just a fictional exaggeration, it brings the reality of living with the idea of an inequality for being who she is, for being a woman and, for that reason, they must be passive to decisions, speeches and situations that men do. In this view, ideology is combated in the series by demonstrating the character, strength and courage of the characters who solve their problems and go after their independence.
Values surrounding the series
In addition to machismo, there is also the issue of racial prejudice, an agenda that is very highlighted in the series by the black character Adélia (Pathy Dejesus), who faces difficulties such as judging by her color, by the independent creation of her daughter and by managing a business without the male presence.
Despite this, the prejudices experienced by the character Adélia continue to be the reality for many black men, due to racism, but mainly by black women, who still deal with machismo.
In , other factors are raised by the character Lígia (Fernanda Vasconcellos), such as abortion, which both in the 20th century and in the 21st century is still seen with similarity by society, and domestic violence, which persists and strengthens the cases of femicide, death for being female. In addition, the character still has the complexity of choosing between the desired career and marriage, because, for the time, the synonym for woman at work was a bankrupt man.
In addition, the character Thereza (Mel Lisboa) is the one that most represents feminism among other women, her perspective ends up guiding and inspiring the desire for female independence. Soon, the writer’s intellect is expanded to the people around her, giving the drama a character that teaches and intrigues men and women of all ages.
In addition to these characters, we have Maria Luiza (Maria Casadevall), from São Paulo, who moves to Rio de Janeiro in search of a successful life with her husband. However, his story wins, in addition to disappointments, an achievement that, when passing the series, is explored, his freedom, especially when he decides to run a music club with Adélia, where the passion for music unites all people.
Thus, without the restrictions of a husband and father, Malu discovers the responsibilities and independence, which he never dreamed of having, now in his hands.
Given this view, understanding goes from a simple Netflix series to a teaching of female empowerment, the mixture of differences and the social perspective.
Thus, fiction provides moments of reflection on roles in society and how much change is necessary for people, but not directing viewers to a static view of the 20th century, but rather a dynamic of confrontation between the birth of new people. preexisting values and concepts of the time.