21 January 2014 | IrishFrog
As soon as I finished Anos Rebeldes, I was filled with longing... I knew it was a story that had changed my life.
Having always been a huge fan of History and being fascinated by the dictatorships in Latin America, I was very excited to start watching this mini-series. I remembered having seen some of the episodes when I was much younger and loving it, yet I was a bit worried I would no longer feel the same towards it. I was, however, surprised: I usually criticise fiercely the Brazilian way of acting, for I find it too unnatural, but this series had a cast that embraced the scenes, making them completely believable, natural and human.
Our society is much better represented in this work, set half a century ago, than in nowadays' soap operas, which still neglect our constantly growing middle class, focusing instead on incredibly wealthy families that have servants, and despite having been written 22 years ago, Anos Rebeldes is less misogynistic and sexist than what is currently popular in our media.
In spite of its fictional nature, history is still omnipresent, the political events and deeds of the time always influencing the characters' personal lives, and it seems to be rather accurate in its representation of 1964-1970's Brazil. Very touching and entertaining, the mini-series is also informative and awakens one's interest in the period (or at least it got me obsessed with the Military Dictatorships, stimulating my curiosity, leading me to so many discoveries).
Anos Rebeldes is a masterpiece, a milestone in Brazilian television and one of the best series I've ever watched.