The Mechanism (TV series)

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O Mecanismo
O Mecanismo official artwork.jpg
Also known asThe Mechanism
GenrePolitical drama
Created by
Written by
  • Elena Soarez
  • Sofia Maldonado
Directed by
  • José Padilha
  • Felipe Prado
  • Marcos Prado

Country of originBrazil
Original language(s)Portuguese
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)
Production company(s)Zazen Produções
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23) – present
External links

O Mecanismo (English: The Mechanism) is a Brazilian political drama television series created by José Padilha and Elena Soarez, directed by Padilha, Felipe Prado, and Marcos Prado, and written by Elena Soarez. The show depicts Operation Car Wash (Portuguese: Operação Lava Jato), an ongoing police taskforce that discovered a widespread corruption scheme involving the Brazilian government and several prominent engineering firms.[1][2] The series premiered all episodes of the first season March 23, 2018, worldwide, on Netflix.[3]

On May 28, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season.[4]


Marco Ruffo (Selton Mello), is a Federal Police delegate obsessed with the case he is investigating. When he least expects it, he and his apprentice, Verena Cardoni (Carol Abras), are already immersed in one of the largest diversion and money laundering investigations in Brazilian history. The proportion is so great that the course of investigations completely changes the lives of all involved.[5]


Similarities with real life events[edit]

Despite the recurrent disclaimer at the start of each episode, declaring the screenplay is loosely based on a true story, with characters and events adapted for dramatic effect, many characters and companies depicted (but not all facts regarding them) can be easily traced to the actual people and companies involved in Operation Car Wash. Some such associations are:[6][7][8][9]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Lava Jato (Car Wash)"José PadilhaElena SoarezMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)
The family of federal delegate Marco Ruffo is being threatened after he tries to frame Roberto Ibrahim for money laundering.
2"Halawi (Halvah)"Felipe PradoElena SoarezMarch 30, 2018 (2018-03-30)
10 years later, Verena continues to investigate Ibrahim and the doleiros who work with him.
3"Ventos Frios Vindos do Sul (Cool Winds from the South)"Felipe PradoElena SoarezApril 6, 2018 (2018-04-06)
The Federal Police team works hard to carry out an operation with multiple targets, but important evidence disappears.
4"Fundo Falso (False Bottom)"Marcos PradoElena SoarezApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
Guilhome gets some unexpected help. Verena goes after João Pedro, and Judge Rigo reflects on a decision that can change everything.
5"Olhos Vermelhos (Red Eyes)"Marcos PradoElena SoarezApril 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
Verena has a feeling she can not trust anyone else. Ibrahim's wife is furious to find out what her husband has done in jail.
6"Eles Sabiam de Tudo (They Knew It All)"Marcos PradoElena SoarezApril 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
To force João Pedro to speak what he knows, investigators are seeking charges against his family. But a leak puts the whole operation at risk.
7"O Último Respiro (One Last Breath)"Daniel RezendeElena SoarezMay 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
The "Clube dos 13" (Club of 13) rush to close an agreement with the attorney general. In dealing with a sewage problem in the neighborhood, Ruffo has a balcony and understands the origin of everything.
8"Juízo Final (Doomsday)"Daniel RezendeElena SoarezMay 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
Verena receives devastating news. Ruffo reevaluates his priorities. Dimas and Cláudio learn of the fate of Operation "Juízo Final" (Doomsday).


  1. ^ "Série sobre Lava Jato dirigida por José Padilha é anunciada pela Netflix". Pop & Arte (in Portuguese). 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  2. ^ "Começam as filmagens de O mecanismo, série com Selton Mello sobre a Lava Jato". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  3. ^ The Mechanism — Official Trailer [HD]. Netflix. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  4. ^ "Netflix anuncia 2ª temporada de O Mecanismo para 2019". UOL (in Portuguese). 2018-05-28. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  5. ^ "O Mecanismo" (in Portuguese). AdoroCinema. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Quem é quem em 'O mecanismo', série da Netflix inspirada na Operação 'Lava Jato'". 14 March 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  7. ^ "O mecanismo: A série que quer mostrar para o mundo como funciona a corrupção". 23 March 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  8. ^ Pernambuco, Diario de (23 March 2018). "O Mecanismo encara o desafio de retratar a corrupção brasileira". Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  9. ^ "O Mecanismo: mapeamos todas as referências que você não percebeu". Retrieved 21 April 2018.

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