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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands


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  • Actors: Jose Wilker Sonia Braga
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: December 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EOSDRI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Directed by Bruno Baretto staring Sonia Braga BRAZIL (in Portugese with Eng ST)T his Brazilian comedy, based on the novel by leading Brazilian author Jorge Amado, follows the strange events that befall Dona Flor after the death of her wild, irresponsible husband. Attempting to marry more wisely the second time around, she weds a stable but boring pharmacist, only to be visited by the sexy ghost of her late husband

Customer Reviews

He's a nice guy and all, but he's just so boring.
"peggysue3322"
The young woman is married to Vlahinho who is notorious as the real villain you love to hate.
█ R I Z Z O
The film immerses the viewer in mid-20th Century Brazilian culture as well as the storyline.
50HudsonCommodore

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Dona Flor is the film version of internationlly acclaimed Brazilian author, Jorge Amado's masterpiece! It is a beautiful story of a Bahian woman and her first husband who is arrogant and abusive but at the same time passionate and sexy. He dies. Her second husband is a good provider and loves her but lacks the passion and charm of the 1st husband. When the first husband's spirit comes back to Dona Flor she soon realizes that she can have everything she ever wanted. It is a beautiful story and Sonia Braga's performance is brilliant as usual! The cinematography shows great views of the fasinating city of Salvador. Well worth watching! E um dos melhores fimles do Brasil!!!! E uma maravilha!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
A wonderful movie from beginning to end. Don't let the subtitles keep you from watching such a brilliant movie.
Sonia Braga is a wonderful Brazilian actress, once again displaying her sensual side in this movie about a loving wife torn between her gigolo husband and a loving devoted husband.
I never get tired of watching this classic.
And if you haven't read the book. you must!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
"Dona Flor & Her Two Husbands" gives a wonderful and often charming glimpse into one woman's life--and affairs of the heart--in 1940's Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. If you're an aficionado of all things Brazilian, you'll love "Dona Flor," from the Bahian Carnaval to moqueca to candomble (NOT voodoo) to a great shot of the Pelorinho at the film's close. Not for the sensually inhibited, "Dona Flor" is highly entertaining.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hector C. Hernandez on January 7, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Remaster version of the most successful film in Brazil history. New York Video really has respect for his clientele. The image quality is optimal, taking in account the year the movie was released. It is in enhanced 16x9 Widescreen. The soundtrack by Chico Buarque has been remastered in Dolby. No scene has been cut. No censure. New York Video presents the complete Re-release version as was presented in Brazil. In optional English or Portuguese language with optional English subtitles.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Four Tusk Njoku on January 11, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
I first rented this movie in the 1980s from Blockbuster. It was so different, such a surprising delight, I watched it again about 10 years later. Different from anything I saw before or since.

I would like to see this on DVD, then I would purchase a copy. I discovered Sonia Braga in this movie. She was demure, then glowing with repressed eroticism, very sexy and then naked with her two husbands. Definitely not for those who cannot deal with open expressions of multidimensions of the sensual - music, samba, touch, dance, food, color, pastels, alleys, crooked walls etcetera.

Someone said it is amateurish etcetera. Definitely not 21st century production values, but it is a work of art.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is the most well-known Brazilian movie abroad. The now world known actress, Sonia Braga, plays the part of a beautiful woman from the state of Bahia in Brazil who desires a homey lifestyle but who fell in love with and married a scoundrel who cheats on his wife, gambles her money away, and even hits her. (The Bahian setting is important because this mainly black state has a strong vodoo tradition.) Jose Wilker does a great comedic job in playing the role of the no-good,but highly sexual, husband.
Dona Flor loses here husband to his excesses, but finds that she is still much in love with him in spite of his faults and continues to have erotic dreams involving her now deceased husband.
Dona Flor eventually remarries, this time to a man who is the homey type, but who is sexually unimaginative in the extreme. In order to deal with her sexual frustration in her second marriage, she has to call on the spirit of her first husband with some very erotic and comedic results. The movie is very sexy and charming. Dr. Patrick L. Cooney, Ph.D. in sociology
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith Johnson VINE VOICE on May 26, 2009
Format: DVD
I always thought Nora Epron stole the idea of incorporating recipes into the story's narrative for her novel Heartburn from Jorge Amado's sly 1977 book about a virtuous but sensual Bahia cooking school teacher hopelessly besotted with her philandering, gambling husband. Here it is beautifully translated to screen with our heroine, Dona Flor, portrayed by the beautiful Sonia Braga and set in Brazil in 1943 complete with period costumes, beautiful food and period music.

The story lesiurely unfolds as the viewer comes to understand why it is Dona Flor loves her sexy Vadinho and puts up with his abuse. After he drops dead during a Carnival samba dressed in drag and wearing a large fake male organ, Dona Flor is inconsolable. Celibate and desperately missing sex, she finally remarries. This time her choice (to her mother's delight) is a solid middle-class pharmacist, a good man, loving husband and bassoon player. However, on her honeymoon, Dona Flor discovers to her dismay that something is missing in the bedroom. Act 3 of our story takes a mystical bent with the undead Vadinho suddenly appearing naked in her bedroom and only Flor can see him. Death has not changed Vadinho, he still goes around to his old haunts, helps out his gambling friends and favorite prostitutes, all the while trying to make it with his wife who still retains her sexual longings.

The movie diverges from the book at the ending and although both work for Dona Flor whom we come to love, I prefer the book ending which resolves the dilemma by demonstrating Flor's emotional growth and good character. However, find the movie if you can and/or read the book, it is a funny tale with great recipes. Now if I only had a plate of those crabs with dente oil and onions.
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