Pele (which means skin in Portuguese) is a movie about a young mulatto woman that in spite of being rich, beautiful and intelligent, feels discriminated because of the colour of her skin. The entire plot is in the early 70's, when Portugal had a dictatorial government, ultramarine territories and lots of racism in its society Issues like racism, female condition and the spoilt lives of the high-society are the main themes of this movie.
Olga (Daniela Costa) is a rich young woman that is studying medicine and lives surrounded by wealth in a great house with a pool, family's driver, many employees She's living with the wife of her father, who raised her as her own child in spite of not being her real mother Her real mother was her father's mistress! He's still living in Angola (at this time an ultramarine Portuguese territory) where he met Olga's mother. After Olga was born, he sent her to Portugal and never saw her again But he will return and the relation between him and his daughter will not be easy
The film is a bit slow and the actors' performance is not one of the best I have seen in Portuguese cinema for the last few years. In fact, I think Portuguese actors have improved their performances in the last years we can see that in many recent Portuguese films but, in my opinion, is not the case of this one! However, globally, the movie is not so bad, because the plot is interesting and the original idea too.