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The sun-drenched splendor of Rio de Janeiro provides the backdrop to this sexy comedy of romantic entanglement. Among the tourists who find themselves footloose and under the sway of the city's erotic spell are Charlotte Rampling (Swimming Pool) as a prominent British plastic surgeon warning that new looks don't solve old problems; Bill Pullman (Surveillance, Lost Highway) as a U.S. ambassador who seeks a break from his duties in one of city's most dangerous shanty towns; and Irene Jacob (Red, The Double Life of Veronique) as a French anthropologist whose proper nature is no match for the pleasures of Rio. Director Jonathan Nossiter (Mondovino) weaves the tales of these wanderers together into a holiday of sensual delight.

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  • Actors: Bill Pullman, Charlotte Rampling, Irène Jacob
  • Directors: Jonathan Nossiter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HP2J70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Exploring the Line between Doc & Narrative
By Jonathan Nossiter, director of the film

I moved to Rio six years ago because I'd wanted for many years to make a film there. The city reminds me of the vital, unpredictable energy of New York in the 70's, with a madcap undercurrent straight out of the screwball comedies of Preston Sturges from the 1930's and 40's. The city made me think of Sturges because he was able to fuse a lightness of tone and a delight in people's misguided intentions together with the most serious issues. In contrast to Frank Capra's sentimentality, Sturges took a hard, biting look at the devastation of Depression era America...and then laughed deliriously (while making us weep without knowing it)!

In Rio, the mad contrast between sensual delight and grave injustices jumps out from every street corner. And there's this feeling that everything is possible there...which foreigners (mistakenly of course) think means everything is permissible. But foreigners' misreadings are not all of their own making.

There's an expression in Brazil which dates from the colonial era: "pra inglês ver", literally "for the English to see," but it actually means something like: "a façade for foreigners to mask a Brazilian truth." Brazilians are very conscious of their image and play with it to both seduce and thwart the expectations of outsiders. The two Brazilian heroines of the film are Iracema, the Veronica Lake-like Amazonian played by delightful newcomer Daniela Dams and Maria Angelica, played by City of God veteran Mary Sheyla as a subtly subversive favela born nanny.
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By kluless on September 24, 2012
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Great comedy with great characters. Gives you a good insight into the favelas of Rio and the people who live and work in them.
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Can't really remember the movie, must have passed out from BOREDOM. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.
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