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O Palácio dos Anjos (1970)

Bárbara, a French girl living in São Paulo, and two friends decide to transform a little apartment into a luxury bordello, "The Palace of Angels", securing money and success, but some problems as well.


Walter Hugo Khouri
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Credited cast:
Geneviève Grad ... Bárbara
Luc Merenda ... Ricardo
Rossana Ghessa Rossana Ghessa ... Mariazinha
Adriana Prieto Adriana Prieto ... Ana Lúcia
Norma Bengell ... Dorothy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elza Besti Elza Besti
Zózimo Bulbul Zózimo Bulbul ... Ambassador - Senegal
Pierre Celler Pierre Celler
Elza De Castro Elza De Castro
Joana Fomm ... Rose
Pedro Paulo Hatheyer Pedro Paulo Hatheyer ... Dr. Luiz
John Herbert ... Carlos Eduardo
Sérgio Hingst Sérgio Hingst ... Mr. Strauss
Hugo Land Hugo Land
Mário Maizzo Mário Maizzo


In São Paulo, the greedy Bárbara is not happy with her work in a loan and investment company. When her boss Ricardo invites Bárbara for a meeting at his apartment, he harasses her first and then he fires her. When Bárbara is walking on the sidewalk, a stranger offers a ride to downtown for her. While driving, the driver Rose offers a job in a brothel to Bárbara promising a very high income to her. When Bárbara arrives home, she tells the offer she had to her friends Mariazinha and Ana Lúcia. The trio decides to visit the place but they do not like the situation of being treated like objects. They decide to steal the database of the wealthy clients of Ricardo and offer their services in the own apartment. Sooner Bárbara invests a large amount improving the location that is known as "The Palace of the Angels". Along the days they raise lots of money satisfying the fantasies of their clients but Mariazinha can't stand the situation and returns to her hometown. Now Bárbara and Ana Lúcia ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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3 Women
25 April 2010 | by andrabem-1See all my reviews

3 female friends work in an enterprise. Two of them (Barbara and Maria) share the same apartment. Ana (Adriana Prieto) lives with her parents. They are not satisfied with their lives and dream about a better job, but job offers are scarce and not that good. It seems as if they will have to work all life long in a small enterprise (or something like that) just to have a roof over the head and enough money for clothes and food, till old age comes…Certainly not a pleasant prospect.

Barbara (Genevieve Grad) is fired from her job, and Ana has a fight with her family and goes to live with Barbara and Maria (Rossana Ghessa).

Now the three of them live in the same apartment and they think it's time to try for something new. They are pretty and decide to capitalize on their beauty. They decide to become call girls. They had known in the enterprise many wealthy entrepreneurs – these will be their first springboards to a new life.

3 women:

Barbara (Genevieve Grad) is, so to say, the leader. She knows what she wants and she'll surely fight for it. She'll be the one who will lead the way, but she has her dreams too. She has dreams about herself and her friends. She had been a good student in the school – arts, interior decoration – all this to no avail! The symbol of her dreams is the cruise ship Eugenio C. leaving for Europe – this scene will be a recurring leitmotif image throughout the film. Far away dreams?

Ana (Adriana Prieto), because of family and upbringing, hesitates at first in taking this new road, but she's a practical girl who knows that two and two makes four. She has a mind of her own and whenever necessary will defend her interests.

Maria (Rossana Ghessa), born in a small town, (her parents are simple people with a simple morality) will be very reluctant about this new life. She'll end up joining her friends, though not without a great inner struggle.

The title "O Palácio dos Anjos" refers to the changes that occur in their apartment when, little by little, they become successful and prestigious call girls. New pictures of the best painters are brought in to decorate the walls… luxurious carpets… and voilà! The 3 girls look like fairy-tale princesses, and their apartment resembles an enchanted palace - it almost feels like a tale of "One Thousand and One Nights". "O Palácio dos Anjos" (The Palace of Angels) describes the struggles of these 3 girls to succeed, their difficulties, joys and anxiety, till their ways must part - three different roads, born out of disillusion and suffering, lie ahead of them. Rogério Duprat's rich and multi-layered soundtrack enhances the beauty and poetry of Khouri's images.

"O Palácio dos Anjos" is another beautiful portrait of the feminine universe drawn by Walter Hugo Khouri.

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