“He was a gigolo, a bum, and a shameless drunkard… A swindler, a penniless gambler, a cheap crook! A scoundrel!”
After the death of her womanizing husband (Jose Wilker), Dona Flor (Sonia Braga) marries a loyal yet boring pharmacist (Mauro Mendonca). But when Flor finds herself unconsciously lusting for her ex-husband, his sudden ghostly appearance complicates her new marriage.
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “tremendously popular” Brazilian sex comedy — which bears resemblance to both Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit (1945) and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It (1986) — is actually rather serious, and contains “few humorous moments”; indeed, the entire first hour of the film is spent showing how badly Flor is treated by her no-good husband. On the other hand, there’s plenty of ribald sensuality to enjoy, and the film’s underlying theme of female sexual empowerment is a satisfying one. Peary correctly notes that both men and women will be able to relate to the lead characters here, whose messy, all-too-human desires cause them both conflict and joy.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Sonia Braga as Dona Flor
- Jose Wilker as Flor’s philandering husband
- Chico Buarque’s infectious Brazilian score
No, but it’s recommended as an enjoyable Brazilian comedy.