Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
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(Dec 30, 2008)
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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!
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.
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.
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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A wonderful movie that made Sonia Bragra an international star.Published 4 months ago by Daniel Osvaldo Murgo
I saw the movie 25 years ago and found it enjoyable. Was looking for it for years and just found it.Published 8 months ago by Donald Ritter
Wonderful film that let's the viewer use his/her imagination. I saw this film in the 1970's while living in South America and I decided I would like to see it again. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sandy
Saw this when it came out in the early 80's ---It stood the test of time and I enjoyed seeing it again and owning it finally. Read morePublished 21 months ago by g
Movie is very funny. About a woman who falls head over heels in love with her husband after a very very satisfying night in bed! Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by virginia galindo
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