Candinho never loses faith. Fate insists on playing tricks, but with his optimistic way of being, he faces day by day with humility, generosity and good humor. Êta Mundo Bom!
Êta Mundo Bom! is a Brazilian soap opera produced and shown by Rede Globo from January 18 to August 26, 2016, in 190 chapters, replacing Além do Tempo and being replaced by Sol Nascente. It was the 87th “novela of the six” shown by the network. Written by Walcyr Carrasco and Maria Elisa Berredo, with the collaboration of Daniel Berlinsky, Márcio Haiduck, Cláudia Tajes, Nelson Nadotti and Vinícius Vianna, it is directed by Ana Paula Guimarães, Marcelo Zambelli and Diego Morais, under the general and artistic direction of Jorge Fernando. It is freely based on the short stories Candido, or The Optimism, published in 1759 by the illuminist philosopher Voltaire – which originally gave rise to the Brazilian film Candinho, by Abílio Pereira de Almeida in 1954. The plot also features a radio soap opera entitled Inheritance of Hate, a homonymous adaptation by Oduvaldo Vianna, which was also shown on Rádio Globo three times a week.
It counted with the participation of Flávia Alessandra, Sérgio Guizé, Camila Queiroz, Débora Nascimento, Eriberto Leão, Eliane Giardini, Bianca Bin and Rainer Cadete.
Êta Mundo Bom! was initially scheduled to debut in the second half of 2016, right after Maurício Gyboski’s soap opera Trem Bom. However, due to a disagreement between Walcyr Carrasco and Aguinaldo Silva (the supervisor of Trem Bom), Globo decided to postpone the premiere of Gyboski’s plot and put Walcyr’s plot in its place, thus premiering in January 2016. Later, Gyboski’s soap opera would still be supervised by Lauro César Muniz, but it was canceled by the network. This work resumed the partnership between Walcyr Carrasco and Jorge Fernando. Their last work was Caras & Bocas (2009). It also resumes the return of the duo to the six o’clock schedule, after the resounding success of Alma Gêmea (2005). Under the command of choreographers Caio Nunes and Carla Martins, at Estúdios Globo, for three months the actors Eriberto Leão, Débora Nascimento, Priscila Fantin, Rainer Cadete, Marianna Armellini, Klebber Toledo and Maria Carol Rebello had classes in bolero, mambo, charleston, among other typical styles of the time portrayed in the soap opera (1940s). Camila Queiroz had riding lessons to live her character Mafalda.
The actors of the Dom Pedro II farm – Camila Queiroz, Elizabeth Savalla, Ary Fontoura, Anderson Di Rizzi, Rosi Campos, Sérgio Guizé, Miguel Rômulo, Dhu Moraes and Jeniffer Nascimento – had prosody classes with the dramaturgy instructor Íris Gomes da Costa. The objective was to learn the country accent of São Paulo’s countryside, where they live in the plot. However, Débora Nascimento started the soap opera speaking caipirês and, along the plot, started to use the cult norm, because, with the change of the character to the city, she learned to speak correctly.
Choose From Name And Logo
At the beginning of the work, the plot had the provisional title of Candinho, due to the name of the character of Sérgio Guizé – the protagonist of the plot. Later, it was definitely changed to Êta Mundo Bom!, in reference to the stick of the character of Marco Nanini, professor Pancrácio.
Created by the advertising department of Rede Globo, the logo displayed in its first calls – together with all the publicity of the soap opera in its official media – has a circumflex accent in the interjection “Eta”, considered a spelling mistake because it is not mentioned in Portuguese language dictionaries. Wanted by UOL journalist Maurício Stycer, professors Pasquale Cipro Neto and Edna Perrotti confirmed that there was no rule establishing the use of an accent in this interjection. The publicity department of the station affirmed that it used “artistic freedom to reinforce the country accent”. The following week, the logo was changed and the accent became a miniature hat placed on the tip of the letter, according to the same department, “to reinforce and make more evident that the accent marks the country accent.
The Êta Mundo Bom! team started the recordings in three cities in the interior of the state of Rio de Janeiro: Paty do Alferes, Vassouras and Teresópolis. Then it went to São Paulo, where it recorded in sceneries such as the Santa Ifigênia Viaduct, the Luz Station, the Parque da Luz, the Cedros Palace, the Municipal Theater, the Patio of the College and the Immigration Museum, among others. Part of the plot is set in the D. Pedro II farm, on the outskirts of the fictitious city of Piracema, owned by Quinzinho and Cunegundes, heritage of Quinzinho’s grandfather, Cândido. Here the Emperor Pedro II would have slept one night, a fact the owners never tire of alluding to. The farm was raised in the space of five months in a land of Projac, in Rio de Janeiro.
To replace the grass, alpiste seeds were used, after which trees, blackberry, acerola, banana and lemon were transplanted to the site, between sugar cane and manioc plantations. To accentuate the bucolicity of the place, cupinzeiros and scenic houses of joão-de-barro were placed around the old house, a wood oven and a henhouse. The center of São Paulo, where another part of the plot is spent, was also erected at Projac, in a space of 14 thousand square meters.
The protagonists Sérgio Guizé and Débora Nascimento were confirmed as the protagonist couple while they were still performing in the soap opera Alto Astral. The production marks the debut of actress Giovanna Grigio at Globo. Between 2013 and 2015 she starred in the soap opera Chiquititas at SBT. The soap opera also resumes Walcyr’s partnership with Priscila Fantin, made in soap operas such as Chocolate with Pepper, Alma Gêmea and Sete Pecados. After the rumors of misunderstandings between them, the actress returns to work with the author after 8 years. After overcoming the resentment with Flavia Alessandra, for not having accepted to act in Love of Life, this time the author invited her to play the great villain of the plot. Malvino Salvador would play the villain Ernesto, but he was reassigned to play Haja Coração, being replaced by Eriberto Leão.
Actress Neusa Maria Faro started recording as Olimpia Castelar, the radio actress of Herdade de Ódio, but had to leave after getting sick and her scenes had to be remade by Rosane Gofman, who came in to replace her. Nevertheless, a quick scene with Neusa in the first chapter was kept, as a way to honor the actress.
Maria Elisa Berredo, the plot’s co-author, was dismissed from production in April 2016 for disagreement with Walcyr, since according to him, she was giving too much pitaco, dictating the rule in a territory where “he is the king”, that of the soap operas of the six. Maria Elisa had the autonomy to tamper with Carrasco’s text, and he didn’t like it, contrary to what happened when they wrote Secret Truths (2015), and Berredo had more experience in soap operas at 9 p.m., because of the heavier themes, having a decisive role in the success of the plot. Maria Elisa was also responsible for the exchange of collaborators, proposing the departure of Claudia Tajes and Daniel Berlinsky; however, after the exchange Carrasco concluded that the problem was Maria Elisa. The station argued that differences happen when working in groups, and Carrasco justified through Twitter, that the styles no longer combine, despite Berredo’s competence. Nelson Nadotti and Vinicius Vianna, considered more experienced, entered as collaborators.
The first chapter of Êta Mundo Bom! was shown on January 18, 2016, in the soap opera track of the six broadcasters. According to the Brazilian Indicative Classification System, the plot has been exhibited since its debut as “Not recommended for under 10s” by self-classification of the broadcaster. Along with its TV debut, the radio soap opera Herança de Ódio began to be shown on Rádio Globo, with three weekly chapters, within the Antônio Carlos Show for Rio de Janeiro and other affiliates during the program. In addition to the radionovela, in an unprecedented partnership action, the portal Gshow launched with exclusivity the official clip of the song “Quem Vem de Longe”, by the singer Gusttavo Lima, theme of the protagonist Candinho. In the video, recorded in the soap opera’s scenic town, the artist’s humble origin, in Minas Gerais, is put in parallel with Candinho’s (Sergio Guizé) history in Êta Mundo Bom! The soap opera was not shown on August 20th, for the transmission of the men’s soccer final in the Olympics, between Brazil and Germany. Thus, the soap opera, which would have 191 chapters, closed with 190.
To honor the character Jeca, lived by Mazzaropi in the film Candinho, the site Gshow has launched a documentary with exclusive testimonies of the general director Jorge Fernando; actors Roberto Pirillo and André Luiz Toledo, who acted with Mazzaropi; Sergio Guizé and Anderson Di Rizzi and the researcher Claudio Marques. The production also shows images from the artist’s collection, photos and excerpts from films, details of his life and examples of the legacy he left for Brazilian cinema.
The opening of Êta Mundo Bom! presents collages of diverse images, portraying the themes approached in the plot to the sound of “O Sanfoneiro Só Toca Isso”, by Suricato, being this a re-recording of the music of the same name by Tonico and Tinoco. Among the collages, images of farm animals such as chickens and pigs are shown, interspersed with images of the protagonist Sérgio Guizé with his pet donkey and images of São Paulo in the 1940s. The vignette begins with the narration “Rede Globo presents: Êta Mundo Bom!”, making reference to the openings of the first Brazilian soap operas. In criticism for his blog at UOL, Nilson Xavier noticed that the edition used is similar to the opening vignette of the seven-a-side soap opera, Totalmente Demais.
In September 2019 it was thought that Êta Mundo Bom! would be reprisised in the session Vale a Pena Ver de Novo from the following month, replacing Por Amor, by Manoel Carlos. However, a few days later, the broadcaster exchanged Êta Mundo Bom! for the soap opera Avenida Brasil, to keep the good audience conquered by the plot. On March 29th, 2020, TV Globo, through a call in its programming grid (which was also published in its social networks), confirmed that Êta Mundo Bom! is the substitute plot of Avenida Brasil in Vale a Pena Ver de Novo. Its debut on the track took place on April 27, 2020, becoming the first plot of the decade of 2020, being shown until September 11 of the same year. Actor Flávio Migliaccio committed suicide on May 4, 2020. At the end of the chapter on May 5, a tribute was paid to the actor.
Êta Mundo Bom! debuted in Uruguay, through Teledoce, with the title ¡Qué Vida Buena! (“Que Vida Buena!”, in literal translation), on March 23, 2020, replacing the Mexican soap opera Soltero con hijas at 5:15pm. Although it was a success, the schedule was changed several times, thus passing at 4:00pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm.
It debuted in Portugal on July 27, 2020, on the SIC channel, at 7 pm.
Ambient in 1948, Êta Mundo Bom! tells the story of Candinho (Sérgio Guizé), who was separated from his mother soon after his birth and was welcomed by the couple Cunegundes (Elizabeth Savalla) and Quinzinho (Ary Fontoura), owners of the decadent Dom Pedro II farm, near the fictitious city of Piracema, around the 1920s. The couple, who have been trying for a long time to find an heir without success, decides to keep the baby. But it doesn’t take long for Cunegundes to finally get pregnant and win three legitimate children: Filomena, Filó (Débora Nascimento), Mafalda (Camila Queiroz) and Quincas (Miguel Rômulo), and poor Candinho is being left aside by his “parents”, even with the protection of Eponina (Rosi Campos), Quinzinho’s sister, and Manuela (Dhu Moraes), the farm maid. A friend of the family is also always around, supporting Candinho: Pancrácio (Marco Nanini). A very wise, smart and generous professor of philosophy, he follows the boy’s life since he arrived at the farm and is interested in his origin with the intention of helping him. But after the birth of Cunegundes’ children, Candinho is relegated to the position of handyman and moves to live in Manuela’s house. In the beginning of the story, Candinho is expelled from the farm when he is caught by Cunegundes kissing the firstborn Filomena for whom he has been in love since childhood.
Pancrazio soon advises Candinho to go to the capital in search of his biological mother, Anastasia (Eliane Giardini), whom he has never met. So Candinho travels with his inseparable friend, the Policarpo donkey, having as his mother’s souvenir only an old medallion with a picture of Anastasia when he was young. The mother, at this time, is a millionaire widow who owns the Aroma soap factory and is also looking for her son in the capital. She counts with the help of detective Jack (David Lucas), of her best friend, the stylist and owner of a boutique prêt-à-porter Emma (Maria Zilda Bethlem) and of the lawyer and right-hand man Araújo (Flávio Tolezani). But Anastácia has no idea that her niece, Sandra (Flavia Alessandra), will do anything to get in the way of this meeting, because she fears losing the position of heiress. The personification of falsehood, in front of Anastasia, Sandra is sweet and generous, but behind, she is greedy, treacherous and unscrupulous.
Candinho is a man who always carries great optimism, even with life’s difficulties. His motto is “Everything bad that happens in our lives is for the better”. Without letting himself down, Candinho faces the most diverse situations to survive in the big city, where he meets his faithful friend, the boy Pirulito (JP Rufino). With the little money he earned from Eponina and Manuela, Candinho is advised by Lollipop to rent a room at the boarding house of the lovely D. Camélia (Ana Lúcia Torre) and the two start living together. But the money ends and Camélia gets Policarpo as payment guarantee. In the hope of getting the donkey back, Candinho ends up meeting Pancrácio again, who currently uses his artistic and poetic vein and lives fantasizing about the most comical disguises and begging alms in the streets (for not having found a good job as a teacher in the big city). The teacher welcomes Candinho and Pirulito in his house, the two start selling popcorn in the square and get Policarpo back. Besides the incessant search for his mother, he will also fight tooth and nail for the love of Filomena, who now lives in the capital and lives a relationship with the possessive Ernesto (Eriberto Leão). With an infallible lip and a waltz foot like that, the villain met Filomena and convinced her to flee with him to the capital with the promise of marrying the beautiful rock. But the world of Filó collapses when the two arrive in São Paulo. Ernesto says he won’t marry anything and practically forces the girl to become a dancer in a kind of cabaret. And the worst: Ernesto gets most of the money she earns there. Filó then starts working at Dancing, the nightclub of the mysterious Paulina (Suely Franco), there she wins the friendship of the disgraced dancer Clarice (Marianna Armellini) and begins to suffer with the torments of Diana (Priscila Fantin), an ambitious dancer who has an affair with the bad character Severo (Tarcísio Filho), owner of a textile store. Diana then moves into Severo’s house to try to strike a blow at the man with the help of her lover and Severo’s son, Braz (Rômulo Arantes Neto), who wants to avenge his mother’s death caused indirectly by his father. But what the girl doesn’t know is that she will become a housewife and suffer at the hands of her authoritarian companion.
Parallel to this, there is the story of Maria (Bianca Bin), a young woman who got pregnant with her fiancé, killed in a car accident before the wedding. Daughter of Severo who threw her out of the house fearing to get bad spoken, for being a single mother, she is welcomed by Anastácia and goes to work in her house as a maid, but faces the hostility of her brothers Sandra and Celso (Rainer Cadete), who want to see her outside the house. However, Celso will fall in love with her and the two will live a troubled love story with the ambitious Sandra, who gets involved with Ernesto to prevent the reunion of Candinho and Anastasia, and still steal all the money from her aunt.
Despite Sandra’s blows to prevent the reunion of mother and son, Anastácia and Candinho get to know each other and soon develop a fraternal relationship. The villain still tries to seduce the bumpkin, from whom she becomes engaged, but he abandons her at the altar thanks to the efforts of Maria and Pancrácio, who make Candinho discover that Filomena is expecting her son. The dancer, fearing to be bad spoken, accepts to marry the millionaire comendador Fragoso (Luís Gustavo), a frequenter of Dancing and who does not hide his passion for the girl. The marriage doesn’t last at all, because Fragoso dies and his children leave Philó in misery. When Filomena learns that Candinho and Sandra’s marriage is approaching, she leaves for her parents’ farm, for fear that her ex-boyfriend will take over her son’s care. Ardilosa, Sandra does not give up on taking Anastasia’s fortune and seduces Araújo, who manages the millionaire’s factory. She makes him separate from his wife and convinces him to give Anastasia a coup, making her sign, without realizing it, documents of transference of goods. Even being honest, Araújo finds himself impelled to collaborate with Sandra when he discovers that his son, little Claudio (Xande Valois), can walk again if he has a costly surgery in the United States. As the plan doesn’t work, Sandra and Ernesto decide to forge Anastasia’s signature and the villain takes possession of all her assets, expelling her along with Candinho, Maria and Pirulito from the mansion. They all move to the humble house of Pancrazio, which can finally overcome the social barriers that separated him from Anastasia and marry his beloved. Counting on the help of Celso – and later, of Araújo, who regrets realizing it was used by Sandra – Anastácia and Candinho manage to win the case against Sandra. The villain escapes with the help of Ernesto, while detective Jack locates Filomena, making the emotional reunion between the former dancer and Candinho happen. The two reconcile and later celebrate the birth of their first child.
Filó then decides to return to São Paulo to marry her beloved, but Sandra and Ernesto kidnap the girl and her baby on their wedding day and demand a fortune from Anastasia as a ransom. But the captivity ends up being found by the police, and during the escape, Sandra and Ernesto suffer a car accident. The rascal dies and the villain ends her days living a real hell in prison. After getting into a fight with the other inmates, she is confined in a solitary confinement as punishment and despairs. Anastácia decides to buy Cunegundes and Quinzinho’s farm for her son to live and moves to Piracema with Pancrácio and Pirulito, opening a school for her husband to teach theater and philosophy. Celso becomes the administrator of the soap factory and continues living in the mansion next to Maria, who gets pregnant of her beloved. After paying for his mistakes, Araújo gets Anastácia’s pardon and recovers his job at the factory, being able to be happy next to his son, who walks again, and his new wife, Olga. Candinho and Filomena get married in the last scene of the soap opera and end up very happy.
Inheritance Of Hate
The characters from Êta Mundo Bom! are listeners of the radio soap opera Herdade de Ódio. It tells the story of a respected family that is in the process of losing its fortune and honor in the small town of Trindade. Newly arrived from São Paulo and guided by an oath taken to his father, Daniel, on his deathbed, Adriano Trindade takes over the family’s industries. He knows he will have to face the fury of tireless enemies to defend his heritage. Meanwhile, Leonor, Adriano’s calculating fiancée, will do everything she can to drive away Cristina, the boy’s former love.
The first chapter, according to consolidated data from Greater São Paulo, scored 25.9 points, achieving the largest audience of a soap opera premiere in the six-part range since Araguaia (2010). In Rio de Janeiro, the plot registered 29 points. In both regions, the high in the audience boosted the following attractions. Its largest audience was 33 points in São Paulo and 36 points in Rio de Janeiro, which occurred in the chapter where Ernesto is unmasked at the altar.
Until June 2016, the soap opera accumulated an average of 25.88 points, being the most watched soap opera in ten years, surpassing all its predecessors, losing only to The Prophet, who finished with 32 points, becoming the biggest phenomenon of Globo in Greater São Paulo in recent years. In the chapter of August 10, 2016, the soap opera broke its audience record, achieving the highest score since the last chapter of The Prophet. It scored 42 points in Rio de Janeiro, and 36 in São Paulo.
In the last chapter, the soap opera did not break its record, scoring 31 points in São Paulo. In Rio de Janeiro, the chapter registered 36 points, the largest audience since Paradise. It ended up with 27 points of general average in São Paulo, being this the largest audience in ten years.
Inheriting the high rates of the final stretch of Avenida Brasil, the first chapter reestreou with 23 points and peaks of 24, becoming the second best debut of Vale a Pena Ver de Novo since 2010. The second chapter kept the same average, repeating the great performance of the track and becoming the best average of a second chapter since 2004. The third chapter scored 20 points. In its first week it accumulated an average of 21.7 points, the best of the track since Corpo Dourado.
Completing a month on air in May, the soap opera has accumulated a general average of 20 points in Greater Sao Paulo, a brand that was not seen since 2004. In Rio de Janeiro, the plot completed its first month with 22 points, the largest brand since 2009. It also surpassed even unpublished titles from 18h as Side by Side, Rare Jewel, My Little Piece of Floor, Boogie Oogie, Seven Lives, Beyond Time and Mirror of Life.
On July 30, 2020, it breaks a record with 25 points and peaks of 28, with the screening of the scene in which Candinho and Anastácia are expelled from home by Sandra. It also became the third most watched soap opera of the day, behind only the special replays of Totalmente Demais and Fina Estampa. On August 18, 2020, it set a new record with 26 points. On August 20, it reaches 27 points becoming the most watched attraction of the Globo afternoon that day.
The soap opera can be watched through Globoplay.