Polish Jewish woman arrives in Brazil dreaming of marrying but has to become a prostitute to survive. At the same time, sanitarian doctor Oswaldo Cruz comes back to Brazil after three years... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carolina Kasting ...
Bruno Giordano ...
Oswaldo Cruz
Lu Grimaldi ...
Flávio Galvão ...
Cardoso de Castro
Ingra Liberato ...
Celso Frateschi ...
Sales Guerra
Bukassa Kabengele ...
Prata Preta
Douglas Simon ...
Marcos Damigo ...
Virgínia Buckowski ...
Hugo Carvana ...
Antonio Pedro ...
Antônio Petrin ...
Cecil Thiré ...
Presidente Rodrigues Alves


Polish Jewish woman arrives in Brazil dreaming of marrying but has to become a prostitute to survive. At the same time, sanitarian doctor Oswaldo Cruz comes back to Brazil after three years in Paris, where he had studied in the Pasteur Institute. He's full of ideas on how to change Brazilian public health, which is being threatened by yellow fever. Written by Anonymous

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1 October 2001 (Brazil)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Written by Chiquinha Gonzaga
Performed by Grupo de Chiquinha Gonzaga
Recording from 1914 - Odeon Record - editora Revivendo
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Historic Events and Fiction Blended in a Stunning Movie
21 November 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1899, Esther (Carolina Kasting), a young Polish Jewish woman, arrives in Rio de Janeiro expecting to meet her fiancé, and dreaming to raise a family in a new country. However, there is no man engaged to marry her, but an international scheme of prostitution in a brothel in Lapa. Esther becomes a prostitute to survive in Brazil. On the same ship, Dr. Oswaldo Cruz (Bruno Giordano) returns to Rio de Janeiro with his wife, after working and studying in Paris for three years in the Pasteur Institute. In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Brazil has yellow fever in Rio de Janeiro, bubonic plague in Santos and smallpox epidemics and the idealistic Oswaldo Cruz wants to change the mentality of public health. His dream is to have much care with the prevention against the diseases, instead of healing the patients. Dr. Oswaldo Cruz eliminates the yellow fever epidemics, killing the mosquitoes and the plague, buying dead rats from the population. He develops a vaccine against smallpox, having the support of President Rodrigues Alves (Cecil Thiré). However, the population is used by the opposition to the government, raising a popular movement called 'The Vaccine Rebellion', which ends on November, 18th 1904. Oswaldo Cruz becomes Head of the Public Health Department in the Instituto Manguinhos (Fiocruz). 'Sonhos Tropicais' is a fantastic movie, blending history and fiction and using the drama of a deceived Polish woman, pictures of the Old Rio de Janeiro and the gossips of three friends in Confeitaria Colombo, to present the great picture of historic events of Brazilian history. Carolina Kasting has an outstanding performance in the role of Esther and I highly recommend this movie. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): 'Sonhos Tropicais' ('Tropical Dreams')

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