Anderson (birth name “Vera”) is a transsexual man who lives in a correctional facility for young people. After a book of verses about his life as a young troubled youth, he meets a benevolent, educated man, who helps him, even allowing him to spend some time at his home, and arranges for a job for him as an intern in his office.
He comes into his gender identity and begins to dress as a man, eventually falling in love with a woman and passing as cisgender to her family. The film succeeds in focusing on Anderson’s personality and feelings until his tragic death.
Vera is a 1986 Brazilian drama film written and directed by Sérgio Toledo. Shot in São Paulo, it stars Ana Beatriz Nogueira, Norma Blum, Raul Cortez and Carlos Kroeber. The film is based on the life of Anderson Bigode Herzer, a transsexual most known as the author of poems book A queda para o alto (Descending Upwards).
Directed by: Sergio Toledo
Starring: Ana Beatriz Nogueira, Adriana Abujamra, Cida Almeida, Norma Blum, Raul Cortez, Danilo Cruz do Valle, Liana Duval, Aida Leiner, Imara Reis, Carlos Kroeber
Screenplay by: Sergio Toledo
Cinematography by: Rodolfo Sánchez
Film Editing by: Tércio G. Mota
Art Direction by: Naum Alves de Souza, Simone Raskin
Music by: Arrigo Barnabé
Distributed by: Embrafilme
Release Date: October 19, 1986