O Tempo Não Para – An Exceptionally Interesting Sounding Soap Opera from Globo

On Transition Consciousness I have written a number of articles looking at some outstanding soap operas from the Globo television channel. I started to write about these as I was watching them to help with my listening skills while learning Portuguese. It was a revelation to discover both the concept of historical soap operas which play an important educational role in this country, as well as discovering the way in which spirituality is given space, such as the Buddhist soap opera Joia Rara (Rare Jewel).

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See for example these three articles:

In Praise of Joia Rara – Globo TV’s Buddhist Soap Opera

The Romantic Conception of Life in Joia Rara

Love, Peace, Enlightenment – The End of Joia Rara

I also absolutely loved Além do Tempo (Beyond Time) as the narrative was specifically written around past life karma, with the story being set first in the nineteenth century, and then in the modern era:

In Praise of Além do Tempo

I was therefore really happy to learn about a new soap opera which will start next month, and which has at its heart an extremely interesting premise. The central characters of O Tempo Não Para (Time Doesn’t Stop) are a noble family from the nineteenth century who set off for Europe in 1886 for a new life. But disaster strikes when off the coast of Patagonia their ship hits an iceberg, and the family become cryogenically frozen.

Credit: João Miguel Júnior/Globo

In addition to the family, the head of who is Dom Sabino (Edson Celulari ), a number of others on the ship also survive the disaster, including staff and also some who are slaves, including Cairu (played by Cris Vianna).

Credit: João Miguel Júnior/Globo

One hundred and thirty two years later the immense block of ice approaches Guarujá beach, São Paulo. The first person to see the iceberg while out surfing is Samuca (played by Nicolas Prattes), a wealthy business owner who is involved in involved in social and ecological causes. He is intrigued when he sees the faces of some of those incarcerated, and with the help of Criotec, a laboartory which specialises in cyogenics, one by one each person is rescued and revitalised.

As each person wakes up, they are thrown into life in the twenty-first century, and therefore they are confronted not only with the loss of their past lives, but with having to deal with finding a new way of being and a new way of relating to people in their new reality.

Credit: Marina Pirozi/Gshow

In a recent interview, many members of the cast spoke about the characters they will play, and the themes, issues and attitudes which the soap opera will be exploring. For Christiane Torloni, the soap opera will be about love:

“It’s going to be about ethics, behavior, but what’s going to touch people the most is love. No matter how much we’ve evolved and forced to run, in the end, you want to have a simple life,” she said.

“They’re going to have to deal with a new way of feeling, of acting. Marocas is going to meet up with people in the new era and she’ll get along with that because she has principles that do not change over time.”

I think the most interesting commentary came from Mario Teixeira, the author and creator of the soap opera, who said that the characters are “going to have to deal with a new way of feeling and acting. Marocas [the daughter of Dom Sabino], is going to encounter with people in the new era and she’ll get along with that because she has principles that do not change over time.”

Credit: João Miguel Junior/Globo

While the main premise may seem a little absurd, from what I have already watched I have every reason to believe that the experience of O Tempo Não Para will be exceptional. The situation that the leading characters are placed in allows for an intense and wide-ranging exploration of many contemporary themes, and I particularly like the idea of placing values at the heart of the narrative. I am really looking forward to the soap opera, and will write a review once I have seen enough episodes to offer more analysis and critique.

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