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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

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sônia Braga ... Gabriela / Nacib's cook-mistresswife (as Sonia Braga)
Marcello Mastroianni ... Nacib / Bar owner / Gabriel's husband
Antonio Cantafora Antonio Cantafora ... Tonico Bastos / Notary (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 / Poet Argileu (as Emile Eddé)
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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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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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Chegada Dos Retirantes (Arrival Of The Wanderer)
Written and Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim And Orchestra
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Latin Classic?
18 March 2012 | by metrobizSee all my reviews

Here's a film to see in the 21st century that is entertaining almost exclusively for its time-capsule quality, a tour back through time and Brazil, a Latin pot-boiler with a cook who's always simmering. The full-on sexy scenes with Sonia Braga add to the uninhibited foreign flavors.

The original title is "Gabriela, Clove & Cinnamon." No question she's a spicy dish, seemingly always ready & willing and never wearing (hot clingy) foundations under her dress. Hired as a house-cook, she becomes appreciated by the male locals, too, when she begins to bring a loving lunch (of food) to Nacib. Her presentation - and not the food - becomes a little too delicious for the male patrons and Nacib finds it necessary to reduce her exposure a bit.

Not quite sure about Marcello Mastroianni's appearance as Nacib except to get financing and generate some foreign box. Nevertheless, he's OK, even though his cook (Braga), then mistress, then wife to prevent the other locals from making her THEIR mistress eventually proves hard to manage ... and to keep satisfied. Finally, the duplicity common to females elevated from even the lowest social strata takes hold and generates conflict.

This film also is a look at a Latin male culture that is variously leering and lewd and legally lax in a way that makes 80's Brazil seem like much longer ago. One reviewer called this film a "male fantasy." At first maybe, surely, with Gabriela's happy, quick smoldering readiness ... but it becomes phantasm more than orgasm as Nacib finds her increasingly difficult to keep happy (like letting her go to the circus instead of a local society lecture). His desire is for her to be regarded as his wife instead of merely youth'ish house-help and wife-mistress. In the end ... well, you'll have to see.

And wasn't Mastroianni in another film called "Wifemistress?" (Yes.) It's better and more sophisticated - and maybe more sexy (in the uncut international version) with perhaps one of the loveliest and first and most natural non-porn displays of the vulva in film. It's a film that currently is difficult to find - cut or uncut.


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