Monique heard, and believed, that she would only depend on her effort and talent to have a better life than her mother’s. However, in a Brazil where the doors always seem to open to the same side, she will soon discover that turning the tables is the only way to win in this game.
Monique’s story takes place in Gravetos, a fictional city in the interior of Piauí: traditionally rural, it has undergone a recent and rapid urbanization, which makes the village a dizzying mix of past, present and future. At the same time that conservatism and machismo determine social backwardness, a minority of empowered individuals are calling for a more dignified life. Monique lives a split existence. On the one hand, his hard daily life, in which he divides the busy hours of the day between the university course in veterinary medicine, who plays with difficulties, and a job as a cleaner, which constrains him, on the other, the dream of a dignified future, where he exercises his professional passion and lives from the fruit of his work, as well as the successful professionals, from another class and race, who see they exercise the desired profession. During a round of traditional poker at Wilson’s house, a powerful man from the city, Monique, who is there on duty, notices one of the players stealing. When trying to warn the boss, Monique is accused by the scammer and becomes the scapegoat for the situation. If in Brazil no sin is greater than that of “not knowing your place”, from the moment she is involved in a criminal plot, Monique will be forced to take a deep dive into the reality of how institutions in the country work Law and Justice, leading it to rethink its priorities and even its morals. There is no lesson to be learned. There is no fairer country in the end. In the Brazilian jungle law, it is either to kill or to die – and Monique does not want to be part of those who end up dead.