In 1963, in the fictitious city of Antares in South of Brazil, the workers decide to strike, fighting for better salaries and working conditions. Meanwhile, seven locals die: the conservative and Catholic matriarch and...展开very powerful lady, Quitéria Campolargo (Fernanda Montenegro); the corrupt lawyer Cícero Branco (Paulo Betti); the Spanish anarchist shoemaker Barcelona (Elias Gleizer); the drunkard Pudim de Cachaca (Gianfrancesco Guarnieri); the prostitute Erotildes (Marília Pera); the student Joao da Paz (Diogo Vilela); and the pianist Menandro Olinda (Ruy Resende). Once their bodies remain unburied due to the general strike, they decide to claim to the local authorities the right of being buried. The Major Vivaldino Brazao (Cláudio Correa e Castro), the judge Quintiliano do Vale (Carlos Eduardo Dolabella), the "Colonel" Tibério Vacariano (Paulo Goulart) and the local sheriff are not able to force the workers to return to their normal activities, so the dead citizens disclose dark secrets about corruption of the leaders and the dwellers. Once they are corpses, they are not subject to the laws of the living and they can freely speak about the sordid hidden secrets.