Directed by: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Sonia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça
Language: Portuguese | Subtitles: English
Also known as: Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos
Description: In a small city of Brazil, Flor (a very good looking woman) marries Vadinho, a very handsome and erotic man. Once married she finds he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking to her neighbours but he takes all her money to gamble. One day he dies. Flor misses the goods of the marriage so she marries again with a very correct gentleman – the owner of the drugstore (Teodoro). Now she’s very happy with her man, but misses the erotic moments with her previous husband. Then the ghost of Vadhino comes to earth to chase her.
This priceless old film contains brilliant performances, not only by the great Sonia Braga, and the Moliere Award-winning Jose Wilker, but also by the entire supporting cast.
The gossipy neighbors, the uptight mother, the casino and whorehouse friends of Vadinho, are all played to absolute perfection! Mauro Mendonça deserves honorable mention for his spot-on portrayal of the bassoon-playing dork of a second husband. I’ve seen this at least a dozen times, and I still can’t stop laughing.
Few films create a masterpiece out of a masterpiece of fiction, which both this film and Jorge Amado’s novel certainly are. Here, you get not only erotic art, but a hilarious and splendid comedy of manners, in a fantastic period setting, perfect in every detail. If that were not enough, the soundtrack of Francis Hime and Chico Buarque de Hollanda, with the theme song, “O que sera sera,” sung by the great Simone, serves you an auditory feast worthy of Dona Flor’s immortal moqueca.
A treasure to savor, over and over and over again!