All Flowers arrives at the last chapters this week, but the happy ending of Gabriela (Camila Alves) and Laura (Amanda Mittz) has already been announced. Contrary to what happened in Vai na Fé and in the series Aruanas na Globo, plots in which the scenes of kisses between women were recently vetoed or reduced, the supporting characters of the saga written by João Emanuel Carneiro they seal the characters’ love with a breathtaking kiss.
Interestingly, the sequence is not included in the text of chapter 79 given to the cast of the production. But that doesn’t mean it was hidden: there is careful work behind the scenes with the visually impaired who are part of the cast, as is the case with Camila Alves.
The dialogue of the happy ending of the homoaffective couple portrays Gabriela’s difficulty in changing her way of relating even though she is in love. The entire trajectory of the Rhodes employee is very coherent: she is a defender of free love.
However, in the end, the perfumer shows that she learned that it is possible to open up to live a monogamous relationship. She and Laura are the target of a cupid for this reconciliation to happen: Márcio (Cleber Tolini).
In the serial, he had a romance with Gabriela, but the two took different paths precisely because he did not accept having an open relationship, as she wanted.
Camila Alves opposite Amanda Mittz
Márcio was jealous when he noticed Gabriela and Laura’s involvement, but knowing that the two broke up and are suffering away from each other, the perfumer makes an appointment with the two at the same restaurant where they got together for the first time. Márcio does not appear on site. Gabriela declares to Laura:
I wanted to take the opportunity that we’re here to say that I’ve been thinking about us a lot in the last few days. I feel willing and open to relate in a different way than the one I’ve been relating lately. I keep talking to everyone about this freedom thing. But I don’t want freedom to be a prison that prevents me from being with the ones I love.
Laura, in turn, reveals that she was ready to accept free love before the two characters went for a kiss. The All Flowers scene proves, in a way, that Globo’s censorship is on free-to-air TV.
This fear of content rejection by conservative viewers is nothing new. In 2015, the station faced an avalanche of problems with Babilônia, a soap opera by Gilberto Braga, Ricardo Linhares and João Ximenes Braga.
At the time, the kiss between two women in the first chapters it was pointed out as an affront to “morals and good customs of the Brazilian family”. Teresa and Estela, characters by Fernanda Montenegro and Nathália Timberg, were cut because of the repercussion of the kiss between them.
Eight years have passed, but the ghost created back then still haunts the directors of the leader in open TV. Soap operas have been following behavior in Brazilian society for decades, and the cutting of a same-sex kiss represents how a portion of the audience is able to impose limits on fiction as well.
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