9 August 2013 | Rodrigo_Amaro
A good and funny adaptation from the accomplished play
This film version of one of the greatest Brazilian plays of all time (it holds the record for having the longest time of performances, since 1986 and still going) becomes one of the funniest films ever made in here, quite simple and without being rude, vulgar or cheap. It's not with the same cast from the play but that's not a problem (the writers are the same, Marcos Caruso and Jandira Martini). The only problem in the way is that this kind of story must be far more interesting to be seen as a play, an hysterical comedy of errors, than as a feature film.
It tells the troubles and confusion made by a maid (Adriana Esteves) who decides to prepare a surprise for his bosses, a rich couple (Cassio Gabus Mendes and Binaca Byington), who are celebrating 15 years of marriage, but after overhearing some conversations she believes that both husband and wife are cheating each other with other people. And that mess gets more problematic when other residents from the same building get involved the story, which also has to deal with infidelities that didn't happen but everyone connected believe that something wrong happening and they want to know the truth. Clearly inspired by screwball comedies but not as classy and eloquent as those classics. But far more interesting than what we're producing in comedies in the past five years. The cast is sharp, the whole chase sequences in the building are fun and dynamic, and it's a good opportunity to see an outstanding play brilliantly translated to the screen. 8/10