Em Família (telenovela)

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Helena's Shadow
Em Família on Veja Magazine.jpg
Promotional poster to promote the premiere of the telenovela.
Genre Drama
Created by Manoel Carlos
Directed by Jayme Monjardim
Leonardo Nogueira
Starring (see cast)
Theme music composer Vinícius de Moraes and Tom Jobim
Opening theme "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar" by Ana Carolina
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of episodes


75 (International Version)
Location(s) Brazil
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 70 minutes
Original network Rede Globo
Picture format (HDTV) 1080i16:9
(SDTV) 480i4:3
Original release February 3 – July 18, 2014
Preceded by Amor à Vida
Followed by Império
Website gshow.globo.com/novelas/em-familia/index.html

Em Família (Helena's Shadow) is a Brazilian primetime telenovela created by Manoel Carlos and produced and broadcast by Rede Globo. It premiered on February 3, 2014, replacing Amor à Vida and ended July 18, 2014, replaced by Império.

Julia Lemmertz, Bruna Marquezine and Humberto Martins star as the protagonists, while Vivianne Pasmanter and Gabriel Braga Nunes star as the antagonists.

According to Ibope, the average was 29.63 (30) points - the lowest rated 9PM telenovela of all time.[1][2][3]


Tells the story of two cousins, Helena (Julia Lemmertz) and Laerte (Gabriel Braga Nunes), who grow up united by two strong ties: family and love. Laerte is a musician who is in love with his cousin, but consumed by an obsessive jealousy, especially of his friend Virgílio (Humberto Martins), who has always fostered a platonic love for Helena. Helena herself has a strong personality and has never accepted the possessive side of her problematic boyfriend, although she keeps teasing him.

On the night before his marriage to Helena, Laerte argues with Virgílio and strikes him across the face. Taking his rival for dead, Laerte quickly buries the body to hide the evidence. But Virgílio survived the blow and Laerte is taken prisoner at the altar. After he serves his sentence of one year, Laerte moves to Europe and loses contact with the woman who was almost his wife.

Twenty years after the tragedy that tore him away from his cousin, Laerte, now a successful musician, sees a young girl in the audience at one of his concerts, who looks just like his long lost love. It is Luiza (Bruna Marquezine), the daughter of Helena, and Laerte’s rival, Virgílio, who still bears the scar on his face and on his soul from that fateful day.

Back in Brazil, Laerte sees Luiza again and, to Helena’s deep despair, becomes romantically involved with her. She is now married to Virgílio and she sees history repeat itself with her daughter’s love affair. Dormant feelings resurface and affect both her marriage and her relationship with her daughter. Defying everyone, Laerte and Luiza decide to stay together—a decision that causes conflict and turmoil all around them.


Júlia Lemmertz as Helena.
Bruna Marquezine as Helena / Luiza.
Actor/Actress[4] Role Phase
Júlia Lemmertz Helena Fernandes Machado 3rd
Bruna Marquezine 2nd
Julia Dalavia 1st
Gabriel Braga Nunes Laerte Fernandes 3rd
Guilherme Leicam 2nd
Eike Duarte 1st
Humberto Martins Virgilio Machado 3rd
Nando Rodrigues 2nd
Arthur Aguiar 1st
Vivianne Pasmanter Shirley Soares 3rd
Alice Wegmann 2nd
Giovanna Rispoli 1st
Bruna Marquezine Luiza Fernandes Machado 3rd
Natália do Valle Francisca Fernandes (Chica) 3rd
Juliana Araripe 1st and 2nd
Giovanna Antonelli Clara Fernandes de Santos 3rd
Karize Brum 2nd
Luana Marquezine 1st
Vanessa Gerbelli Juliana Proença 3rd
Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha 1st and 2nd
Ana Beatriz Nogueira Selma Proença Fernandes 3rd
Camila Raffanti 1st and 2nd
Reynaldo Gianecchini Carlos Eduardo (Cadu)
Helena Ranaldi Veronica
Herson Capri Ricardo
Bianca Rinaldi Silvia
Paulo José Benjamim Machado
Ângela Vieira Branca
Bruno Gissoni Andre Machado
Oscar Magrini Ramiro Fernandes
Thiago Mendonça Felipe Fernandes 3rd
Guilherme Prates 2nd
Vinni Mazzola 1st
Leonardo Medeiros Fernando Nando
Tainá Müller Marina Meirelles
Miguel Thiré Gabriel
Betty Gofman Miss Lauren
Maria Eduarda Vanessa
Nelson Baskerville Itamar Fernandes
Poliana Aleixo Barbara Soares Fernandes
Ronny Kriwat Leto Soares Fernandes
Manu Gavassi Paula
Cláudia Assunção Mafalda Soares
Monique Curi Telma
Rafael Tombini Leandro
Carla Cristina Neidinha Machado
Érica Januza Alice Machado
Sacha Bali Murilo
Marcello Melo Jr. Jairo Machado
Antônio Petrin Viriato Soares
Roberta Almeida Sandra
Silvia Quadros Isolda
Cláudia Mauro Ana 3rd
Camilla Camargo 2nd
Lica Oliveira Dulce
Ágatha Moreira Gisele
Wilson Rabelo Batista
Carol Macedo Gorete
Jéssika Alves Guiomar
Maria Pompeu Amelia
Tânia Toko Rosa
Ju Colombo Ceiça
Vitor Figueiredo Ivan
Luiza Moraes Flavinha
Nicole Evangeline Lais
Cyria Coentro Maria
Rafael Zulu Luis
Henrique Schafer Viriato



Timeslot Episodes Premiere Finale Rank Season Rating average
Date Viewers
(in points)
Date Viewers
(in points)
February 3, 2014

July 18, 2014

37 #1 2014–15 29.63[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Result
Prêmio Contigo! de TV
Best Telenovela of the Year
Manoel Carlos
Best Actress
Bruna Marquezine
Best Supporting Actor
Reynaldo Gianecchini
Best Supporting Actress
Giovanna Antonelli
Tainá Müller
Best Child Actor
Vitor Figueiredo
Best Author
Manoel Carlos
Best Director
Jayme Monjardim and Leonardo Nogueira

International Broadcasting[edit]

Globo distributed Em Família for 3 countries to date, with 75 chapters - almost half the original.[6]

Exibição pelo mundo
Country Channel Title Location Premiere End Weekly Schedule Hour Ref
 Brazil Rede Globo Em Família February 3, 2014 July 18, 2014 Monday to Saturday 21:15 N/A
 São Tomé and Príncipe TVS Em Família February 10, 2014 July 25, 2014 Monday to Saturday 21:15 N/A
 Portugal SIC Em Família March 31, 2014 November 21, 2014 Monday to Saturday 18:45 [7]
 Mexico Azteca Trece La Sombra de Helena
 Costa Rica Teletica La Sombra de Helena


Preceded by
Amor à Vida
Em Família
February 3, 2014—July 18, 2014
Succeeded by