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'Hebe: Brazil's star' is brave in showing lesser known face

by Ace Damon
'Hebe: Brazil's star' is brave in showing lesser known face

In treading the path of duality between the power above the stage and the fragility outside, she long humanizes and exalts the presenter's strength.

'Hebe: Brazil's star' is brave in showing lesser known face

Hebe Camargo is, along with some other striking names, one of the icons of Brazilian television. The presenter lived the height of the media and knew how to dig her feet (always wearing shoes with poor shoes) on the stage and in the story.

But for an entire generation, born in the late 1980s, she became just the lady who hosted a taped talk show on Mondays and handed out peckers.

For these younger ones, Hebe: Brazil's star plays the fundamental role of presenting the engaged, politicized, and up-to-date side of the icon they didn't know.

The long one is right in choosing to portray only a short time in Hebe's life, and this one is even greater in choosing what this moment would be. To bring true conflicts and the power that the protagonist had, I do not care about the origin in Taubaté or the end of her career at RedeTV. The core of this career, in which the star shone the brightest, is ideal for showing how breaks and falls can be as intense as the imposing front of the audience.

To demonstrate that this film is about the person and not the presenter, director Mauricio Farias does not, at any time, use the lenses of the many cameras surrounding the protagonist in TV shows. There is always a new, "unprecedented" angle to tell the story. This care only reaffirms and emphasizes what is shown in personal life. By demonstrating her as a real person, not showing even when she talks directly to viewers, the realism and crudity of what goes on behind the camera and, especially, far from the broadcasters hurts the viewer even more.

And Andrea Beltrão becomes the ideal interpreter for both sides. On stage, all the power and verbiage; at home, the fragility and sweetness. The striking Carioca accent leaves to accommodate the caipirês' mannerisms, the wide smile and the nervous blinks of the honoree.

The only problem with this portrait is the almost idealization of the presenter's image, crowned by the current moment of LGBTQI + rights. Only slipping into controversial moments, such as support for Paulo Maluf's campaign, in favor of a closer approach with characters that can sensitize this group. Not surprisingly, since the choice of a portrait of a slice of the presenter's life is presented to us from the beginning.

All the actors chosen to recreate Hebe's life bring realism and naturalness to the roles, interacting naturally with the TV star. The only strangeness is Daniel Boaventura as Silvio Santos, perhaps because of the familiarity that the face of the represented still brings or the difference in size of the two in the picture.

Like the career of the presenter, Hebe: Brazil's star has a lot more success than mistakes, in which the mixture of a competent script and intelligent direction make a great portrait of the time and, more importantly, the one portrayed. Showing the power and fragility of one of the TV icons, which empathized with those badly liked by society long before it became cool.

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