By Juliana ROJAS, Marco DUTRA


Drama - Completed 2011

Young housewife Helena decides to open a grocery store. She hires Paula as a maid to take care of her home and daughter. When Otávio, her husband, is suddenly fired, work relations between these three characters change, and disturbing occurrences start to threaten Helena’s business.

& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2011
Un Certain Regard
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 99 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Juliana ROJAS, Marco DUTRA
    • Writer(s)
    • Juliana ROJAS, Marco DUTRA
    • Producer(s)
    • Sara SILVEIRA (Dezenove ), Maria IONESCU
    • Synopsis
    • Helena, a middle-class housewife, is about to open her first business: a grocery store. Paula, a black girl who recently came to São Paulo in search for work, is hired by Helena to take care of her home and her daughter, Vanessa. Otávio, Helena’s husband, works as an executive in a big insurance company. When he suddenly loses his job, an unexpected dynamic takes place as Helena becomes the only responsible for the house income and has to pass most of her time at work. Otávio starts a job-searching routine. He stays home for long periods of time. Helena can’t get used to losing space to Paula inside her own house and gets worried about not making enough money for the family. Tired and stressed, she starts getting suspicious about her employees. After the disappearance of some products, she dismisses one of them assuming the boy had stolen food. Otávio, unhappy with Helena’s strange transformation into a boss, takes Vanessa to a country vacation so that everyone can calm down a little. One night, alone, Helena examines the market walls and, as pieces of brick fall apart, she finds out something very disturbing that may be the cause of her troubles.