Based on the novel by Marcelo Rubens Paiva, the film tells the story of Luiz Mario, a São Paulo night-club impresario and a classic "bon vivant", is also an avid collector of love affairs. ... See full summary »
Based on the novel by Marcelo Rubens Paiva, the film tells the story of Luiz Mario, a São Paulo night-club impresario and a classic "bon vivant", is also an avid collector of love affairs. He is surrounded by all types of women, with whom he has torrid flings, but he is never able to emotionally involve himself. Until one day, while passing by Rio de Janeiro, he falls head-over-heels for the carioca Malu, who practically runs him over on her bike while riding down Leblon's beach bike path. The couple's fervent romance is abruptly thrown into disarray when an enigmatic love letter is discovered. From then on, the story between the two lovers is turned upside-down. Luiz Mario is consumed by jealousy and his emotions slowly seep into his relationship, destroying everything. Written by
In São Paulo, the womanizer Luiz Mario (Marcelo Serrado) inherits an old building and decides to transform it in a night-club. Luiz Mario has one night stand and love affairs with the most different women and does not commit with anyone. When Luiz Mario has a problem with a former lover, his friends advise him to travel to Rio de Janeiro to rest in the Wonderful City.
In Ipanema, Luiz Mario stumbles with the cool Malu (Fernanda de Freitas) that is riding her bicycle and they have a love affair. They fall in love for each other and they move together to São Paulo, but Malu keeps her job in a hotel in Rio. The changing of Luiz Mario lifestyle turns his life upside-down and he is consumed by a destructive jealousy.
When Luiz Mario is visited by a man with nervous breakdown asking him to stop his affair with his wife, and Luiz Mario finds a novel with notes made by a lover in the Malu's belongings, he suspects that Malu is cheating on him. Meanwhile the City Hall fines his night-club and he has a business problem to resolve.
"Malu de Bicicleta" is a simple and surprisingly good Brazilian film about a man that does not know how to handle with his jealous and loses the love of his life. There is no explanation why the MCP Luiz Mario is so successful with women, but it is easy to understand why he falls for the gorgeous Fernanda de Freitas. Her character is very cool but the plot is ambiguous and there is no explanation about what is she doing in her long absences since the point is the sick behavior of Luiz Mario. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Malu de Bicicleta" ("Malu by Bicycle")
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