Some plays are so successful on stage that end up being chosen to keep fascinating the audience, but, this time, in a different place: on the movie theater. And maybe you don’t even know that of those movies you’ve already watched were actually a play that was adapted to become a movie. But don’t worry! We listed a few examples of brazilian movies wich were inspired on a play. Check it out!

  1. Os Homens são de Marte… E é pra lá que eu vou! (2014)

The actress Mônica Martelli wrote the play in 2005 based on all the craziest facts that happened to her when she was a single woman. She gave life to Fernanda, a woman that’s in her 30’s and trying to find her soul mate while having relashionships with every kind of men. The play ran for 12 years and, in 2014, the movie based on it’s history was premiered on the movie theater. The movie was directed by Marcus Baldini, starring Mônica Martelli, Paulo Gustavo and Daniele Valente.

  1. Confissões de Adolescente (2014)

The play was based on Maria Mariana’s diaries. In 1992, the play was premiered having Maria Mariana, Carol Machado, Ingrid Guimarães and Patrícia Perrone in the cast.  In the 90’s, the history became a TV show, but only in 2014 it became a movie, directed by Daniel Filho, and, this time, having Sophia Abrahão, Isabella Camero, Malu Rodrigues and Carla Tiezzi in the main roles.

  1. Minha Mãe é uma Peça (2013)

The play, wich was writen and starred by Paulo Gustavo and took thousands of people to the theater, became a movie in 2013, directed by André Pellenz. The play, and also the movie, tells the hilarious history about Dona Hermínia, a divorced middle-age woman, who is dedicated to take care of her two kids, Marcelina and Juliano. After listening to Marcelina’s mean comment about her, she decides to leave everyone behind and take a vacation in her aunt Zelia’s house.

  1. Trair e Coçar é só Começar (2006)

The movie was produced by Diler Trindade and it was based in Marcos Caruso’s play that have been staged since 1986. It tells the adventures of Olímpia, a confused and nosy housekeeper. In the movie, Olímpia’s role was given to the actress Adriana Esteves.

  1. A Dona da História (2004)

In 2004, Daniel Filho, João Emanuel Carneiro e Tatiana Maciel adapted the João Falcão’s play to the movie theaters. The movie was directed by Daniel Filho and starred by Marieta Severo, Débora Falabella, Antônio Fagundes and Rodrigo Santoro. The history is about a 55 years old woman that’s in the middle of a personal crisis and, after visiting her past, she tries to figure out what could have happened to her life if she had made different decisions when she was younger.

  1. Lisbela e o Prisioneiro (2003)

The movie was directed by Guel Arraes and based on the play written by Osman Lins in 1961. It tells the history of Leléu, a slippery and seductive man, and Lisbela, a young lady who loves the North American movies and dreams about all it’s heroes. The movie was starred by Selton Mello and Débora Falabella.

  1. A Partilha (2001)

The play was written and directed by Miguel Falabella in 1991 and it ran on the theater for 6 years. The history is about 4 sisters who reunite after their mom’s death, so they can share all the family’s belongings  and also think about their own lives. In 2001, the director Daniel Filho turned Falabella’s play into a movie. On stage, the four sisters were played by the actresses Natalia do Valle, Arlete Salles, Susana Vieira and Thereza Piffer and, in the movie, the roles were given to Glória Pires, Andrea Beltrão, Paloma Duarte and Lilia Cabral.

  1. Bonitinha, mas ordinária (1963, 1981 and 2013)

The play was written by Nelson Rodrigues became a movie three times. The first movie was made in 1963, directed by J.P. Carvalho and scripted by Jece Valadão – who was also the protagonist in the movie, playing Edgar. The second movie was made in 1981, starred by Lucélia Santos, José Wilker and Vera Fischer and directed by Braz Chediak. The third movie was made in 2008 but it was only released 5 years later. It was directed by Moacyr Goés and starred by João Miguel, Leandra Leal and Letícia Colin.

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