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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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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 »


Soundtracks

Eu Nao Sou Arara
Music and Words by Donga
Performed by Paulo Jobim
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Terrific story, terrific movie
15 January 2003 | by karlpovSee all my reviews

Gabriela, Clove & Cinnamon was the novel which marked Jorge Amado's break from pure class warfare--he received several Stalin prizes in his early career!--and embrace of the joys of Brazilian humanity. Sonia Braga has starred in adaptations of three of Amado's novels, all of them magnificent (the other two are Dona Flor and Tieta). I won't say she is here at her sexiest--Sonia Braga is sexy any time she's on screen--but this is one of her best movies, helped much by the other players, among them, curiously, Marcello Mastrioanni as the Syrian immigrant who hires Gabriela as cook and quickly finds himself in a deeper relationship. The plot here involves attitudes toward women and their sexuality, an eventual welcome breakdown of the double standard. and progress of law and order in a society too often ruled by lawlessness and custom. Amado dies without getting a Nobel Prize for Literature: Gabriela and the other two films mentioned convincingly demonstrate why he should have won it.


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