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Woman on Top (2000)

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Brazilian chef Isabella Oliveira moves to San Francisco when her husband, frustrated by her motion sickness, cheats on her.

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Fina Torres

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Vera Blasi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Isabella Oliveira (as Penelope Cruz)
Murilo Benício ... Toninho Oliveira
Harold Perrineau ... Monica Jones (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
Mark Feuerstein ... Cliff Lloyd
John de Lancie ... Alex Reeves (as John De Lancie)
Anne Ramsay ... TV Director
Ana Gasteyer ... Claudia Hunter
Analu De Castro Analu De Castro ... Little Isabella - Age 2
Thais De Sá Curvelo Thais De Sá Curvelo ... Little Isabella - Age 5
Eliana Guttman Eliana Guttman ... Isabella's Mother
Eduardo Mattedi Eduardo Mattedi ... Isabella's Father
Ana Paula Oliveira Ana Paula Oliveira ... Cook
Marilice Santos Marilice Santos ... Sexy Neighbor
Giba Conceição Giba Conceição ... Troubadour #1
Joaquim Pinto Joaquim Pinto ... Troubadour #2
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Storyline

Isabella is a great cook, making her husband's restaurant in Bahia, Brazil, a success. To control her motion sickness, she must do the driving and be on top during sex, which drives her macho husband, Toninho, to infidelities. Heart-broken, she leaves for San Francisco, moving in with her childhood friend, Monica, a cross-dresser. To mend her heart, she makes an offering to Yemanja, the goddess of the sea. The goddess responds: Isabella no longer loves and the fish in Bahia no longer bite. Stricken, Toninho heads north to get her back; he finds her hosting a popular TV show, Passion Food, courted by its producer. Can he learn humility? Can she find happiness without him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las mujeres arriba See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahia, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,008,191, 24 September 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,018,450, 26 November 2000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Searchlight Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All interiors for the San Francisco scenes were shot in soundstages in Brazil. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when trying to salvage the souffle, they bring out a box of Kraft-like "Cheese and Macarroni". Should be "Macaroni". See more »

Quotes

Isabella: Make sure your tomatoes are full and plump.
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Connections

References Brazil (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Batucada
Written by Luiz Bonfá
Performed by Luiz Bonfá
Courtesy of EMI Music Ltda.
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Woman on Top
29 May 2005 | by susanortizSee all my reviews

I think you have to understand myth's and ideas in other parts of the world to be able to understand the movie. Personally, I loved it. It gives you that trip to Brazil without leaving your house.

The music was great, the story was a bit cheesy but refreshing. Open your eyes to other cultures. Allow yourself to enjoy the simple things such as cooking. I think it was sensual, funny and refreshing.

I think Penelope Cruz did a great job. Having seen most of her movies, I can say that her best movies are the ones that are not overly popular. Woman on top gives women the opportunity to be successful and show men that we can do it.


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