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Gabriela (1983)

Gabriela, Cravo e Canela (original title)
In 1925, Nacib (Marcello Mastroianni) is the owner of bar in a small Brazilian coastal town runs by the local colonels. He meets Gabriela (Sonia Braga) and hires her on as a cook. They soon... See full summary »

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Bruno Barreto

Writers:

Jorge Amado (novel), Bruno Barreto | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sônia Braga ... Gabriela (as Sonia Braga)
Marcello Mastroianni ... Nacib
Antonio Cantafora ... Tonico Bastos (as Antonio Cantáfora)
Paulo Goulart ... João Fulgêncio
Ricardo Petráglia Ricardo Petráglia ... Prof. Josué (as Ricardo Petraglia)
Lutero Luiz Lutero Luiz ... Cel. Manoel das Onças (as Luthero Luiz)
Tania Boscoli Tania Boscoli ... Glória (as Tánia Boscoli)
Nicole Puzzi Nicole Puzzi ... Malvina
Flávio Galvão Flávio Galvão ... Mundinho Falcão
Joffre Soares Joffre Soares ... Cel. Ramiro Bastos
Maurício do Valle Maurício do Valle ... Cel. Amâncio Leal
Nildo Parente Nildo Parente ... Maurício Caires
Ivan Mesquita ... Cel. Melk Tavares (as Yvan Mesquita)
Luiz Linhares Luiz Linhares ... Cel. Jesuíno Mendonça
Emile Edde Emile Edde ... Poeta Argileu (as Emile Eddé)
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Storyline

In 1925, Nacib (Marcello Mastroianni) is the owner of bar in a small Brazilian coastal town runs by the local colonels. He meets Gabriela (Sonia Braga) and hires her on as a cook. They soon enter a passionate relationship, fueled by his strong attraction to her sensual nature. However, he soon grows annoyed by the attention she receives. Under advisement of his best friend, Tonico (Cantafora), he proposes to her, partly in the hopes that the attention quells. After their marriage, he insists that she dress and behave more modestly so they can be seen as more respectable. Unfortunately, she cannot help but stray and he is forced to annul the marriage when he finds her in bed with Tonico. Later, as both Nacib and the town begin to undergo a transformation, Nacib and Gabriela resume their relationship. The political ways of the town modernize slightly and Gabriela returns as Nacib's mistress. Written by Will Gilbert

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

28 March 1983 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Gabriela See more »

Filming Locations:

Parati, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sultana, United Artists See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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MGM bought the rights way back on 1964. See more »


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Ilhéus (The City Of Lleus)
Written and Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim And Orchestra
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Bar named Vesuvio, volcano Vesuvius - a very hot story
18 February 2007 | by taksengSee all my reviews

There is the contrast between the Syria of Nacib's father and the Brazil of our movie's present. In Syria, barkeeper Nacib tells us, they kill and mutilate sexy women, and he declares his sympathy with that kind of treatment, but it seems that Brazil is a woman's country.

Gabriela is a fantasy of a completely unaffected, natural woman, who rises out of poverty and without education, but is completely confident of who she is with a marvelous natural grace, and is frankly open in her sexuality and lust for her employer Nacib, played by Marcello Mastroiani. But the pure femininity, I would like to call it innocence, of Sonia Braga's Gabriela, prevails. Such a character is probably only a man's fantasy, but it seems that nowhere more than Brazil would such a creature exist. And how Brazilian that not only is Gabriela, without comment, of unknown and obviously mixed race origins, but so is Nacib, who tells, after constant times of being called "Turk", that he is actually Italian, born of Syrian father and Italian mother.

Although this movie is fairly explicit sexually, it doesn't dwell on its sex scenes. It is its passion and Braga's beauty make this the sexiest mainstream flick I've seen, a heat-wave.


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