|Laços de Familia
Lazos de Familia
|Created by||Manoel Carlos|
|Country of origin||Brasil|
|No. of episodes||209|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||Rede Globo|
|Original run||June 5, 2000 – February 3, 2001|
|Preceded by||Terra Nostra|
|Followed by||Porto dos Milagres|
Laços de Família (English: Family Ties) is a Brazilian telenovela produced and aired by Rede Globo in its 8 P.M. schedule, from June 5, 2000 to February 3, 2001. With a total of 209 chapters (150 in the international version displayed in countries such as Portugal), it was written by Manoel Carlos, in collaboration with Maria Carolina, Vinícius Vianna, Flávia Lins e Silva and Fausto Galvão, and directed by Moacyr Góes and Leandro Neri with general direction of Ricardo Waddington, Rogério Gomes and Marcos Schechtman.
It starred Vera Fischer and Carolina Dieckmann and actors Reynaldo Gianecchini, José Mayer, Tony Ramos, as the respective protagonists of the plot, and actress Deborah Secco as the main antagonist of the story.
Helena, a businesswoman aged 45 who lives in the neighbourhood of Leblon and owns a beauty clinic. She is involved in a car accident with Edu, a 25 year-old doctor who had just graduated, in front of the bookstore owned by Miguel, on the eve of New Year 2000. When taken by Edu to the bookstore to be attended by first aid, she arouses the love of Miguel.
Miguel is a man who leads a quiet life with his two children. The rebellious and irresponsible Ciça, the youngest of the two, objects all actions taken by her father and, while being quite immature, she loves her family. Paulo, the eldest, suffers from a severe neurological disability due to a car crash that killed his mother. He follows treatment with the physical therapist Isabel, who is secretly in love with him.
Edu and Helena soon become involved in a controversial love story. They are stigmatized by members of the family because of the wide age gap (20 years) between Helena and Edu. The main obstacle is Alma Flora, Edu's overprotective aunt, who tries to keep her nephew away from Helena. Being unable to have children, Alma takes care of Edu and his sister Estella as her own, often interfering heavily in the personal lives of the siblings. She also manages the fortune and the farm which they inherited after the death of Edu and Estella's parents. They all live in a mansion in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca, along with Danilo, Alma's fourth husband. Danilo is portrayed as a bon vivant and quite a womanizer, repeatedly attempting to seduce Rita, the housemaid. Rodrigo is in love with Alma, and dreams of being her fifth husband.
The farms owned are attended to by Pedro, an arrogant, tough and nasty man who has a passion for horses. In the past, he was romantically involved with his cousin, a young Helena. Today he is married to the florist Sylvia. After several bouts of jealousy, he gradually loosens his ties with Sylvia. He gets to know the new veterinary, Cíntia, and after many conflicts between the two, he begins to like her.
Helena has two children. Fred, the eldest, is an unemployed engineer. His wife is Clara, a rich girl who married young and cannot adapt to a life of financial difficulties. The two have a daughter, Nina, who provides an excuse for Clara to convince Fred to rent an expensive apartment for only three, when they could have been living with Fred's mother Helena. Helena's youngest child is Camila, a Literature student at Oxford, England. She meets Edu on a trip to Japan, while the young man is visiting the country with Helena. On her return to Brazil, she develops a strong bond of friendship with Edu, since the two are the same age and have similar tastes.
Later, Camila and Edu realize they are in love with each other. Both try to resist out of respect for Helena. The latter progressively realizes that her boyfriend has been seduced by her own daughter. Furthermore, Edu's aunt Alma dislikes Helena and does everything to catalyze the romance between Camila and Edu. After many discussions and quarrels, Helena breaks away from him so that Edu and Camila can enjoy their love story to the fullest. Discovering that Helena is single, Miguel decides to conquer her, and successfully does so.
One character who does not welcome the relationship between Camila and Edu is Iris, half-sister of Helena. Their father is the old Aléssio, who is married to Ingrid, Iris's mother. Iris moves to Rio de Janeiro to live with Helena after the death of her mother, shot in a gas station while trying to save her daughter. Iris claims that Helena's daughter, Camila "stole" her mother's boyfriend, and she tries many tricks to try to split them. Iris herself is in love with Pedro, who sees her as a spoiled little girl. Her rival is Cintia, to whom Pedro is physically attracted. Iris tries to separate the couple through several schemes. She manages to awake the heart of the young Fábio, who falls for her.
Yvete, Helena's best friend confidant, is married to Viriato, a chubby man who enjoys life. He suffers from impotence and, unable to relate sexually with his wife, is getting depressed.
A turning point occurs when Camila becomes pregnant with Edu's child, while Miguel is on the verge of proposing to Helena. This is all shattered by the discovery that Camila suffers from leukemia and that she has lost the baby she was expecting. To save her, she desperately needs a marrow donor, as she and her half-brother Fred are not from the same parent. Helena then reveals the paternity of her daughter: Camila is the daughter she had with Pedro. She enjoyed sexual intercourse with Pedro when both were young and as a consequence, was expelled from her father Aléssio's house in the countryside. Only Yvete and her were aware of this secret. Wishing to save her daughter from the illness, Helena has a child with Pedro in order to save Camila.
Meanwhile, Capitu is a university student and call girl, an activity she practises with her friend Simone. Both are controlled by Fernando. Capitu, with her salary, supports her parents Pasqual, a retired intellectual who works as a book reviewer for Miguel, and Ema, a housewife and seamstress. She used to be romantically involved with Helena's son, Fred. However, for various reasons, the latter disappears from her life to marry Clara. For the love of Fred, Capitu decides to leave prostitution. But before that, she is stuck a living hell, as Orlando, a former customer, is obsessed with her, and is trying to get her back into a life of prostitution by constantly harassing her. Furthermore, the parasite Maurinho, who is the father of Capitu's toddler son Bruno, is always after her in attempts to get money. One day, Miguel's son Paulo comes across Capitu and falls in love with her; his shyness and lack of confidence prevent the young man from confessing his feelings to the object of his love.
The End 
Helena gives birth to a daughter, Vitória, and is able to cure Camila. Iris repents of her wickedness, while Cintia and Pedro have a relapse, leaving Iris free to fulfill her dream of living with Pedro, who is also her cousin. Housemaid Rita died while giving birth to twins from Danilo. Alma accepts Danilo back and they raise Rita's twins.
Cintia reunites with her former lover Romeu. Miguel is at last able to propose Helena and she accepts; the two marry in a church. The formerly rebel Ciça is finally interested in Ricardo at the airport. Three years pass by until the 3 year birthday of Vitória. Some couples are now seemingly stable with children: Helena and Miguel, Iris (pregnant) and Pedro, Clara (pregnant) with an unknown character, Capitu (with child and pregnant) and Fred. Only Edu and Camila, and Estella and Bento have no child yet.
|Vera Fischer||Helena Lacerda|
|Carolina Dieckmann||Camila Lacerda Ferrari|
|Reynaldo Gianecchini||Edu (Eduardo Monteiro Fernandes)|
|Tony Ramos||Miguel Soriano|
|José Mayer||Pedro Marcondes Mendes|
|Deborah Secco||Íris Frank Lacerda|
|Marieta Severo||Alma Flora Pirajá de Abuquerque|
|Alexandre Borges||Danilo Menezes|
|Luigi Baricelli||Fred (Frederico Lacerda Ferrari)|
|Lília Cabral||Íngrid Frank Lacerda|
|Fernando Torres||Aléssio Lacerda|
|Walderez de Barros||Ema|
|Zé Victor Castiel||Viriato|
|Flávio Silvino||Paulo Soriano|
|Júlia Feldens||Ciça Soriano|
|Júlia Almeida||Estela Monteiro Fernandes|
|Thalma de Freitas||Zilda|
|Xuxa Lopes||Glória Azambuja|
|Eliete Cigarini||Sílvia Mendes|
|Yara Lins||Nilda Soriano|
International broadcast 
- Argentina - Telefe 2003
- Russia - Channel One (Russia) 2002
- Ukraine - 2001/2002
- Azerbaijan - Lider TV 2001/2002
- Romania - 2002
- Bulgaria - 2002/2003
- Poland - 2001/2002
- Portugal - 2001
- United States - 2001/2002
- Turkey - 2002/2003
- Mauritius - 2002/2003
- Serbia - 2001/2002
The telenovela's soundtrack gained popular and critical acclaim for its blend of Brazilian Bossa Nova classics and contemporary English language pop and country music. In many cases, the songs are associated with one or several characters of the telenovela and can be heard when this character appears in the plot.
- "Corcovado" - Performed by Astrud Gilberto and João Gilberto (opening theme)
- "I'll Try" - Performed by Alan Jackson (associated with Pedro)
- "Breathe" - Performed by Faith Hill (associated with Cintia)
- "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" - Performed by Shania Twain (associated with Cintia)
- "Samba de verão" - Performed by Caetano Veloso (associated with Helena and Edu, sometimes with Camila too)
- "So Nice (Summer Samba)" - Performed by Bebel Gilberto (associated with Camila and Edu)
- "Balada do Amor Inabalavel" - Performed by Skank (associated with Edu especially when he is driving along the Rio de Janeiro coastline)
- "Baby" - Performed by Os Mutantes (associated with Camila and Helena)
- "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" - Performed by Morcheeba (associated with Iris)
- "Love By Grace" - Performed by Lara Fabian (associated with Camila when she is hit by cancer disease and loses her baby)
- "Spanish Guitar (song) - Performed by Toni Braxton (associated with Capitu and Fred)
- "The Look of Love - Performed by Dusty Springfield (associated with Alma)
- "Let's Face the Music and Dance - Performed by Diana Krall (associated with the city of Rio de Janeiro)
- "Gotta Tell You (song) - Performed by Samantha Mumba (associated with Estela)
- "When I Fall in Love - Performed by Rick Astley (associated with Paulo)
- "Gatas Extraordinárias - Performed by Cássia Eller (associated with Danilo)