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This is a movie about a former Brazilian prostitute, based on the book
written by herself.
Bruna Surfistinha (Rachel Pacheco) gained national recognition after had her book on all Brazilian best sellers list, and, prior to that, she was a well-known blogger and prostitute.
One of the keys to the book's success was the simple, unskillful style, which appealed to the masses that aren't well educated and rarely read books.
Deliberately or not, the movie follows the same style, full of clichés and hypocritical moralism to help depict the main character as a victim, the greedy and shallowness of a generation that lacks proper education and goals were left aside.
Deborah Secco bears no resemblance to the original Bruna which gives the wrong impression of a fragile beauty.
Other than that, the acting is good, especially Drica Moraes which is impressive in her natural performance as a madam. The sex scenes aren't gross or out of place.
In short, it's a movie for those that doesn't need anything more than to pass the time gazing at a screen, just for fun.
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Prostitute writes blog, prostitute markets herself with a surfer image
and prostitute becomes consequently a Brazilian national celebrity
(true story). More than enough for an interesting story about an
interesting person. Then,
. where did it go wrong?
The movie simply fails to provide deeper insight into what made Bruna Surfistinha special, rather than exploring the above mentioned interesting facts about her, the script decides to follow the day to day activities of probably any average prostitute.
Rather than focusing on the blog, the creation and positioning of the surfer image and the national TV appearances, the story shows mainly the following: prostitute makes good money, prostitute gets addicted, prostitute loses everything, glamor turns into hard labor and drug abuse leads to hospitalization.
The acting however carries this superficial script (especially the lead actress): a beautiful example of actor added value. A lesser cast and the movie would have been a total disaster.
'Bruna Surfistinha' is the story of Rachel Pacheco, an adopted
Brazilian girl that constantly suffered from bullying and, feeling
apart of everyone, leaved her house and family at age of 18 in search
for independence to prove herself and the others that she could be
someone special. Then she finds a job opportunity that could give what
she was so desperately wanting. She really didn't care if it's from
sex, she just wanted to make money and achieve her objectives. "More
sex, more money", that's what she thinks to keep surviving.
During her hooker years, Bruna Surfistinha did start maintaining a blog, writing about her sexual experiences with her different clients, giving them special and personalized treatment in bed and also reviews and ratings about their performance in her blog, making them some kind special and taking each one of them away from their miserable unhappy life they lived in. She conquered their appreciation and the anonymous mouth-to-mouth publicity made her one of the most desirable prostitutes at that time. The blog was a successful step making her famous and respected in her business. She made a lot of money with important and rich people, living in a first class condo and having everything she ever wanted.
'What comes easy goes easy', that's what people say. Not as easy as it's supposed, but everything did go as easy as said. With her successful sex business she overrated herself and meantime became addicted to drugs, fell in depression and lost almost everything, coming back to where she started: from nowhere. Then she reemerged, got all the money she needed back to stop living from sex and wrote a best seller called "O Doce Veneno do Escorpião" (The Sweet Poison Of The Scorpion) in which the movie is based on.
That's how she became famous in Brazil. All of this - except the book episode - is in the movie.
When the film was announced many people laughed and thought it was a joke, because it's not necessary read the book to know that Rachel Pacheco (aka Bruna Surfistinha) isn't a Diablo Cody (the American ex-stripper who also became famous as a blogger and won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 2007's Juno). Her fame was much more a popular response against taboo than just a natural talent. Even so, the book and the life of Rachel Pacheco offered enough material for a movie that fulfills its intents.
Unlike what was previously believed, the film is surprising in all aspects. Even looking like a TV movie sometimes, the debut direction of Marcus Baldini worth some attention. The well developed screenplay with natural and accurate dialogs is also a plus. The cast, the soundtrack and the edition - which is largely responsible for most of the movie's development - are top of note here. The cinematography sometimes are beautiful and intensifies some dramatic and erotic moments without being appealing. Also, nudity and sex scenes here are just used objectively and never being abusive or compelling, very different from some ordinary titles that uses nudity and sex just as an instrument to attract audience which is very expected here but never delivers more than the necessary. The movie can easily be defined as some kind of Christiane F (1981) meets Pretty Woman (1990) because Bruna is what Julia Roberts' character would be without Richard Gere.
The movie is a slap on the face of those who underestimated its quality just by its topic. Deborah Secco, known in Brazil for her roles in soap operas since she was a teenager, finally grew up as an actress because the movie succeeds most by her performance. Credits should also be given to the supporting actresses, especially Drica Moraes (as madam Larissa), the greatness of her work is evident every time she appears.
'Bruna Surfistinha' never tries to give the character a martyr neither a heroin image, she's just someone that simply got the job and now is suffering its consequences. Much less tries to make her life a modern fairy tale being - perhaps - screenplay's greatest advantage and also what makes the movie never fall into cheap emotionalism.
For sure it's not the best thing you will ever watch, but also not the worst. Obviously it needs to be watched as a movie and not as a biographical thing with some lessons you need to learn because even the ugliest truth becomes a beautiful thing in movies, that's why it's worth watching without any profound expectations.
"Bruna" Marcus Baldini - As if we need excuses to waste almost a couple of hours watching Deborah Seco undressing and doing it like it's hot! The story captivated me for being based on real facts that I personally didn't know. I found it interesting only because of a certain verbal gymnastics that keeps me laughing in the lexicon of the Brazilian Portuguese and the lightness in which the most serious subjects can be portrayed by Brazilian directors, sometimes even in an ethereal fashion. But this movie is worth only for the scenes with Deborah Seco, just because the emotional dimension of it is sometimes lost and one never gets to understand what leads the main character to taking such a shaky turn, one does not understand what kind of analysis is made and for trying to tell a story sometimes the film gets so close to wanting to tell too much without showing great substance. I give it a 7 out of 10, almost pulling in a 6, but our friend Deborah Seco saved the movie (although at the beginning of the movie she acting very stuck up and out of character, perhaps because they wanted her to go through an age that simply is nor hers any more).
Raquel (Deborah Secco) is a middle-class teenager that dreams on the
independence of her foster family. She runs away home and works in a
brothel of Celeste (Clarisse Abujamra) using the pseudonym of Bruna.
When she meets Carol (Guta Ruiz), she leaves the brothel with her
friend Gabi (Cristina Lago) and she rents an expensive apartment and
starts working as a call girl using the nickname Bruna Surfistinha. She
also starts a blog, writing her experiences, ratings and clients'
confidences. She uses drugs and the downfall forces her to start
working as a hustler and in the red-light district. Later she publishes
a best- seller about her experiences.
"Bruna Surfistinha" tells the rise and fall of a notorious Brazilian whore in a glamorized way. The sexy and hot Deborah Secco makes this film worth, but I do not understand why producers choose to tell the story of a prostitute instead of many other important Brazilian women. For me, the only intention is to make money with the exploitation of the body of Deborah Secco.
I had the chance to see a pornographic film where the nasty Bruna Surfistinha is the lead star and I was disgusted with this hooker. "Bruna Surfistinha" explores the sensuality and naive way of Deborah Secco that has nothing to do with Bruna and omits her work in the porn industry. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Bruna Surfistinha" ("Bruna Little Surfer")
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The movie is based on the true history of bruna surfistinha and her
best seller book, it has a good performance of Deborah Seco but no
other acting that stands out, some time she carried the film.
Deborah's body contributes a lot for pulling up the scenes and to catch the attention, but give to the character an innocent and naive air plus the beauty witch the original "bruna" does not possess. And it can make you believe that this is the "thing" that made bruna different from the others. A flaw in the film is that dos not give the deserved attention to blog made by her, which truly made her different from the others and induced her fame.
The another flaw in my opinion was the failing to expose what made her run way from home to became a call girl. In the beginning she is trapped by a guy with she goes out, people laughed at her on school and she have problems at home but nothing that sufficiently explains the motive ,this part cold have been explored in a way to make it a deeper movie. Yet it has some good scenes and retracts the reality in a crud way, without too much emotionalism but also without been appellative or grouse. The nudity give some sparks but does not became uncomfortable or like soft porn what is common in Brazilian movies. The soundtrack fits pretty well to the moments and deserves recognition.
Despite some good insides the movie is mediocre and only is worth to watch if you don't have any expectations for something deeper.
This is the story of a teenage girl who runs away from her adopted
family for vague reasons (her adopted brother is cruel to her, she is
taken advantage of sexually by the boys in school). She "turns the
tables" on everybody by going to work at a brothel, then striking out
on her own as an internet call girl, then starting a pseudo-feminist
blog as "Bruna Surfergirl" where she "rates" the performance of her
male clients (which you would think would be bad for business), and
somehow becoming the most famous hooker in Brazil.
This movie is based a real-life story, but it is of a piece with a lot foreign movies I've seen lately from France ("Student Services", "Elles", "Young and Beautiful"), Eastern Europe ("A Call Girl"), and Chile ("Joven y Alocado"). This is less preachy and socially alarmist than some of the others, but I think, like them, it definitely glamorizes prostitution quite a bit, both for women (this really doesn't seem like that bad of profession) and definitely for men since all these actresses are insanely hot and much more wholesome looking and genuinely pretty than any actual streetwalker who services thirty men a week and abuses hard drugs would ever possibly be. You could complain that the actress, Deborah Secco, was nearly 30 here and playing an 18 year old, but she probably LOOKS more fresh and innocent than any real teenager who has spent six months working the streets. Prostitution is obviously enticing sometimes to both female providers and male clients, but at best it's like a tasty-looking meal that happens to be lying in a garbage dumpster. These movies kind of tend to ignore the garbage dumpster.
If you're just looking a hot sex movie with higher production values, better acting, and more of a story than "Cinemax After Dark", this movie is definitely worth watching, but don't expect any profound statement on the human condition.
as all other review said this is about a real life Brazilian prostitute who became famous from a blog she kept,and where she talked about her clients and even rated their performance in bed.She became very popular and even wrote a popular book about her life.In this day and age porn sells,thats about it.Either a girl sells it directly or indirectly,society seems still fascinated with the seemy side of prostitution. The problem with this movie is,the character never really becomes likable,her job would not be so objectionable if one understood why or how she ended up being a prostitute.It is never really explained,other than a story of a woman who wants to be independed,which hardly explains her trip into prostitution,as thousands of women manage independence by working at respectable jobs.The fascination with this story is all about sex,and her sexual experiences,which makes it really pretty much a commercial for the porn profession.The life of a prostitute is just glamourized,shown as just a job with a lot of money,glamour,success and popularity,pretty much anything a girl would want.There is a downside about drug addiction,but even that is shown as just a side effect of our times and of living the high life,,not especially of the profession of a hooker. All in all,i think this movie is lost in its own sensationalizing of its subject and ends up losing any focus on the reality of the story it tries to tell.
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As someone studying Portuguese, when a film in that language comes to
town I go see it. I had no preconceived ideas or knowledge of the
actors or story.
I found Bruna Surfistinha to be an interesting tale of a lost young girl who ultimately becomes a woman in control of her life. It is made clear early on she wants cash so that she will not be dependent on anyone. She chooses to work in a higher end brothel. The view of the sex industry as a regular job with hours, rules and a break room helped remove some of the voyeuristic feel. There are a lot of sex scenes, but much like Shame, the sex loses its sexiness after a while. Her job just happens to be in the sex trade with much of the film taking place in her 'office.' The sex scenes were well framed, to me reflecting Bruna's journey from girl to woman. As the film progressed, the characters began to shine through and I found myself focused on them.
There are many savvy observations served up in the dialogue. The film doesn't give pat answers as to why or offer explanations, but rather is a relatively true rendition of what was a Brazilian internet phenomenon. In many ways it is a Horatio Alger success story while being a train wreck talk show scandal all at the same time.
I would recommend it for a variety of reasons, but would also say it might not be for everyone. I'm glad I saw it.
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If you live in Brazil, you certainly have already heard about Bruna
Surfitinha (both movie and person). She gained fame making porns, and
going to TV shows after some time. Whether you think she is right or
wrong, this is not the point of the movie.
The movie focus on her life after leaving home. Who she lived with in the prostitution life, what she had to face, among other stuff. It is good at showing that the fame messes with EVERYBODY's head and it's impossible to continue being humble as one was in the past. I believe that Raquel made her mistake once she began using cocaine; it spoiled her job, her companionship and her money. If she didn't try that drug, maybe she could have had a decent life and stopped working with that after some months.
The acting in this movie is something that I have to disagree with others opinion. For me, the acting was very bad and seemed amateurish lots of times, specially in the first 30 minutes. Also, the scene with the jerk of her school was veery very lame, they could have made it thousand times better. I felt embarrassed for the filmmakers in that scene. Also, the man that plays her brother acts very bad. He spoiled the scene that was supposed to be dramatic and ended up being lame for the bad acting.
Sadly, this film didn't show what were the reasons that she left home, didn't approach her relationship with her family. So it got a little hard for us to understand her reasons to do that. It felt incomplete for missing this aspect. However, this film is still average and entertaining, despite the lameness.
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