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A Favorita (original title)
The friendship of two women is torn apart as one, supposedly innocent, is accused of murdering the other one's husband.




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Series cast summary:
Patricia Pillar ...  Flora 197 episodes, 2008-2009
Cláudia Raia ...  Donatella Fontini 196 episodes, 2008-2009
Mariana Ximenes ...  Lara 195 episodes, 2008-2009
Glória Menezes ...  Irene Fontini 189 episodes, 2008-2009
Ary Fontoura ...  Silveirinha 187 episodes, 2008-2009
Carmo Dalla Vecchia Carmo Dalla Vecchia ...  Zé Bob 183 episodes, 2008-2009
Cauã Reymond ...  Halley 183 episodes, 2008-2009
Murilo Benício ...  Dodi Fontana 168 episodes, 2008-2009
Thiago Rodrigues Thiago Rodrigues ...  Cassiano 165 episodes, 2008-2009
Lília Cabral ...  Catarina 165 episodes, 2008-2009
Mauro Mendonça ...  Gonçalo Fontini 163 episodes, 2008-2009
Deborah Secco ...  Maria do Céu 141 episodes, 2008-2009
Gisele Fróes Gisele Fróes ...  Lorena 139 episodes, 2008-2009
Taís Araújo ...  Alicinha Rosa / ... 130 episodes, 2008-2009
Tarcísio Meira ...  Copola 130 episodes, 2008-2009
Milton Gonçalves ...  Romildo Rosa 126 episodes, 2008-2009
Elizângela ...  Cilene 124 episodes, 2008-2009
Chico Díaz ...  Átila 123 episodes, 2008-2009
Leonardo Medeiros ...  Elias 121 episodes, 2008-2009
Miguel Rômulo Miguel Rômulo ...  Shiva Lênin 120 episodes, 2008-2009
Jackson Antunes Jackson Antunes ...  Leonardo 119 episodes, 2008-2009
Emanuelle Araújo ...  Manu 118 episodes, 2008
José Mayer José Mayer ...  Augusto César 117 episodes, 2008-2009
Suzana Faíni Suzana Faíni ...  Iolanda 113 episodes, 2008-2009
Malvino Salvador Malvino Salvador ...  Damião 110 episodes, 2008-2009
Claudia Ohana ...  Cida Copola 109 episodes, 2008-2009
Fabrício Boliveira ...  Diduzinho Rosa 108 episodes, 2008-2009
Iran Malfitano Iran Malfitano ...  Orlandinho Queiroz / ... 107 episodes, 2008-2009
Helena Ranaldi Helena Ranaldi ...  Dedina 106 episodes, 2008-2009
Christine Fernandes Christine Fernandes ...  Rita 99 episodes, 2008-2009
Clarice Falcão Clarice Falcão ...  Mariana 95 episodes, 2008-2009
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Giulia Gam Giulia Gam ...  Diva 91 episodes, 2008-2009
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Genésio de Barros Genésio de Barros ...  Pedro 81 episodes, 2008-2009
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Flora was imprisoned for 18 years for the murder of the lover, Marcelo. She has always pleaded not guilty, and now that her sentence is finished, she wants revenge. Her main target is Donatella, her former partner in a country music duo and the widow of Marcelo. Flora blames Donatella not only for killing her own husband, but also for taking away Lara, the daughter Flora had with the killed man. In the meantime, Lara grows aware that her natural mother is a murderer and cares for Donatella as her actual mom, despite having a strong temper and very different personality. Everything is set in a small town nearby São Paulo, where the main powerful figure is that of Gonçalo Fontini, Marcelo's father and owner of a paper-mill plant. Written by Pedro Aguiar

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Duas mulheres. Duas versões de uma mesma história. Quem está dizendo a verdade?

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Release Date:

2 June 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

La Favorita See more »

Filming Locations:

São Paulo, Brazil

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


João Emanuel Carneiro's debut in Rede Globo's 9pm time slot. See more »


Referenced in vem_aí (2013) See more »


Performed by Tiago Iorc
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An original and interesting soap opera
9 December 2017 | by filipemanuelnetoSee all my reviews

For those who enjoy a soap opera, Brazil is fertile ground, as the overwhelming majority of general TV channels in the country transmit, on average, four soap operas daily. Invariably, much of this material eventually goes around the world, being bought and broadcast in other countries. One of the most permeable markets for Brazilian teledramaturgy is, of course, my country, due to its cultural and linguistic proximity. I watched "A Favorita" twice, the first when it debuted in Portugal, around 2009, and the second now as it is being reprised these months.

The plot is based on the enormous rivalry between two women, Flora and Donatella. In the past, they were best friends and had a folk music ensemble but this friendship ended when Flora was arrested for allegedly killing her friend's husband. The novel begins when she is released, by good behavior, determined to take revenge. She knows she was innocent but believes that it was Donatella who killed her own husband and incriminated her. The story is nice and there is one thing I liked: both main characters have gray areas, so there is no "good girl" as we are accustomed to see in other works of the genre. In addition to the excellent interpretations of Patricia Pillar and Cláudia Raia, in the main characters, the novel features the good performances of Mariana Ximenes and Murilo Benício.

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