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A Ilha dos Prazeres Proibidos (1979)

Ana Medeiros is a fake journalist, who was hired by a far-right orgaization. Using as an excuse to do a story with people who are wanted by the police of the continent, she heads to a ... See full summary »

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Neide Ribeiro ...
Ana Medeiros
Roberto Miranda ...
Sérgio Lacerda
Meiry Vieira
Fernando Benini ...
Nilo Baleeiro
Zilda Mayo
Teca Klauss
Olindo Dias
José Maia Neto
Fátima Porto
Carlos Casan ...
William Solanas
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Ana Medeiros is a fake journalist, who was hired by a far-right orgaization. Using as an excuse to do a story with people who are wanted by the police of the continent, she heads to a paradise island, which is a kind of stronghold of sexual liberation. Her mission is to eliminate two thinkers considered subversives, who live there. Written by Irineu Beretta Junior

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The Island of Utopia
21 March 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"A ilha dos prazeres proibidos" (The island of forbidden pleasures) is a film that could be labeled as "art pornochanchada" – it offers sex and nudity (but not in copious amounts like in some other pornochanchadas), there are many gorgeous women (non-stop eye candy), but it is also a reflection on utopia, sex, politics, dreams and reality. Still, the film has a simple enough story.

There's the continent ruled by a repressive government and there's an island (the island of forbidden pleasures) where political activists of the continent take refuge on running away from the continent's police. This island is their last stand – there they live in a way not possible in the continent – free love, no possessions, brotherhood…

In the continent, a killer is sent to the island to kill the revolutionary leaders. The killer is a woman , Ana (Neide Ribeiro). She will go there as a journalist (and she really works in a newspaper) sent there to interview the leaders of the movement. On arriving to the island, she will find out that things were much different from what she expected. Will Ana be involved by the "island of forbidden pleasures." Will she fulfill her mission?

The people in the island live in utopia - sex, dreams (All power to the imagination!): Paradise, paradise lost… Can they recognize the danger they live in?

The film was made by the end of the 70s when Brazil still lived under a military dictatorship and the dreams of an alternative life were slowly dying out in the whole world. The soundtrack of "The island of forbidden pleasures" is also representative of the time and place in which the film was made: Pink Floyd, cuecas bolivianas, classical music and shades of Godard, John Lennon etc..

"A ilha dos prazeres proibidos" (The island of forbidden pleasures) is a pleasant film to see. Don't try to analyze it too much, just let your senses guide you. Recommended especially for those who love or lived the 70s.


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