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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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Isabella Oliveira (as Penelope Cruz)
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Toninho Oliveira
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Monica Jones (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
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Cliff Lloyd
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Alex Reeves (as John De Lancie)
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TV Director
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Claudia Hunter
Analu De Castro ...
Little Isabella - Age 2
Thais De Sá Curvelo ...
Little Isabella - Age 5
Eliana Guttman ...
Isabella's Mother
Eduardo Mattedi ...
Isabella's Father
Ana Paula Oliveira ...
Cook
Marilice Santos ...
Sexy Neighbor
Giba Conceição ...
Troubadour #1
Joaquim Pinto ...
Troubadour #2
Vevé Calazans ...
Troubadour #3
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Zeke (as June A. Lomena)
Bob Greene ...
Nikos
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Max
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Rafi
Cléa Simões ...
Serafina
Tom Curti ...
Maitre D'
John Crook ...
Seafood Restaurant Manager
Jonas Bloch ...
Pierre Laroche
Michel Bercovitch ...
Academy Student
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Melvin
Malu Pessin ...
Esther
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Yoko (as Daniele Suzuki)
Luis Careca ...
Thor
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Tom Kelly
Inaldo Santana ...
Angry Fisherman
Jorge Maia ...
Yemanja Waiter
Dizoneth Santos ...
Prison Officer
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Gaffer (as Phil)
Roberta Kennedy ...
Bar Waitress
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Bar Regular (as Jeff Scott Flores)
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Bartender
Gordon Hansen ...
Bar Regular
Sergio Maciel ...
Flower Delivery Man
B. Chico Purdiman ...
Guard #1
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Guard #2 (as Bob Saenz)
Thomas Hieatt ...
Hippie Prisoner
David Herman ...
Photographer
Edlon Tupi ...
Jail Guard
Otávio Martins ...
P.A.
Inês Cardoso ...
Food Stylist
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Suit
Jim Freeman ...
Suit
Adele Proom ...
Nikos' Mother
Jujuba ...
Monica's Dog - Nancy Reagan
Quake ...
Monica's Dog - Nancy Reagan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Corporandy ...
Smitten San Franciscan
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Culinary Student #1
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Woman on the Street
Piki Chappell ...
Violinist (uncredited)
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TV Electrician (uncredited)
Calvin Roberts ...
TV Camera Operator (uncredited)
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News Reporter (uncredited)
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Cable Car Operator (uncredited)

Directed by

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Fina Torres

Written by

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Vera Blasi ... (written by)

Produced by

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Augusto Casé ... executive producer (as Augusto Case)
Caíque Martins Ferreira ... line producer
Preta Gil ... executive producer
Bronwen Hughes ... executive producer
Nancy Paloian ... co-producer (as Nancy Paloian-Breznikar)
Alan Poul ... producer
Leigh Shanta ... line producer
Elisa Tolomelli ... line producer
Fina Torres ... executive producer

Music by

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Luis Bacalov

Cinematography by

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Thierry Arbogast ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Leslie Jones

Editorial Department

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Ryan Brown ... editorial production assistant
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Yvan Lucas ... color timer
Jim Passon ... color timer
Laura Rindner ... assistant editor
Patrick Thornhill ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Ruy Brito
Alexa L. Fogel
Laura Folger

Production Design by

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Philippe Chiffre

Art Direction by

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Alexandre Meyer

Set Decoration by

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Monica Rochlin

Costume Design by

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Elisabeth Tavernier

Makeup Department

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Catherine Childers ... hair stylist
Colleen LaBaff ... hair stylist: underwater unit
Maria Lucia Mattos ... key makeup artist
Celeste Randall ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Valeria Costa Amorim ... production supervisor (as Valeria Amorim)
Caíque Martins Ferreira ... production manager
Lisa Lynn Kearsley ... production supervisor (as Lisa Kearsley)
Gonzalo Parra ... location assistant production manager
Claudia Reis ... assistant production manager
Linda Warrilow ... production manager: San Francisco Unit
Fernando Zagallo ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Timothy Bird ... first assistant director
Luiz Henrique Fonseca ... assistant director
Leslie Garvin ... second assistant director
Olivia Guimaraes ... assistant director: Brazil
Christopher James Hall ... second second assistant director
Eve Ramboz ... second unit director
David Rimer ... first assistant director
Cris D'Amato ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Cage Copher ... set decorator: San Francisco (as Craig T. Copher)
Claudine Franco ... clearances / product placement
Tracey Gallacher ... art director: San Francisco
Julie Grimm ... art department assistant
Carlos Eduardo Mallet ... assistant art director
Chad Owens ... set designer
Tom Richardson ... scenic artist: San Francisco
Monica Rochlin ... set dresser
Mark Warren ... property master

Sound Department

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Glenn Auchinachie ... sound effects editor
Stephen Balliet ... boom operator
Jeff K. Brunello ... sound effects editor
Daniel Camargo ... sound assistant
Paul Curtis ... dialogue editor
Andrew DeCristofaro ... supervising sound editor
Marshall Garlington ... sound recording mixer
Rebecca Hanck ... sound effects editor
Mark Lanza ... sound effects editor (as Mark A. Lanza)
Michael Meier ... cable person
Michael Mullane ... sound effects editor
Brad North ... sound effects editor
Michael Orlowski ... sound effects editor
Andy Peach ... sound recordist
Stephen P. Robinson ... sound effects editor
George Saldanha ... boom operator
Jorge Saldanha ... sound mixer
Ann Scibelli ... supervising sound effects editor
Dan Scolnik ... foley cue / foley editor
John C. Stuver ... dialogue editor
Ken Teaney ... re-recording mixer
Dave Tinsley ... sound engineer
David F. Van Slyke ... sound effects editor (as David Van Slyke)
Jeffrey R. Whitcher ... sound effects editor
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Thomas A. Barone ... special effects technician: San Francisco
Dennis Becker ... special effects technician: San Francisco
Marcelo Couto ... special effects
Geoffrey Lake ... special effects technician: San Francisco (as Geoffrey Lake)
Tom Sindicich ... special effects supervisor: San Francisco (as Tommy Sindicich)
I.J. Van Perre ... special effects foreman: San Francisco

Visual Effects by

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Constance Bracewell ... lead animator
Matthieu Chatelier ... visual effects assistant
Daniel Chuba ... visual effects producer: Hammerhead Productions (as Dan Chuba)
Jamie Dixon ... visual effects supervisor: Hammerhead Productions
Jay Grunfeld ... main title animator
Mike Sabga ... visual effects artist: video operator
Allison Troxell ... visual effects coordinator
Robert Yamamoto ... visual effects supervisor (as Rob Yamamoto)

Stunts

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Liisa Cohen ... stunts
Ashley Cusato ... stunts (as Ashley L. Cusato)
Trisha Lane ... stunts
Jeff Scott ... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Scott Flores)
Roger Stoneburner ... utility stunts
Astrid Walti ... stunt double: Penelope Cruz
Kris A. Jeffrey ... water safety coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Tim Bellen ... Steadicam operator / camera operator
Dave Childers ... key grip / key grip: San Francisco
Kika Cunha ... camera operator
Christopher Duskin ... second cinematographer
Maoma Faria ... video tape operator
Silvia Gangemi ... assistant camera
Gustavo Hadba ... camera operator
Mark D. Hysen ... underwater grip: Los Angeles
Kim Marks ... camera operator: San Francisco
Gu Ramalho ... second assistant camera
Calvin Roberts ... video playback operator
Pete Romano ... underwater director of photography
John Trunk ... video assist operator
Carl A. Vidnic ... lighting technician: underwater unit

Casting Department

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Christian Kaplan ... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kathleen Giordano ... costumer
Patricia Kazmierowski ... costume supervisor: San Francisco

Location Management

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Michael E. Clay ... location assistant
Ricardo Karam ... location manager
Melissa Lekus ... location assistant: San Francisco
Ellen Lent ... location manager: San Francisco
Gonzalo Parra ... location scout: Venezuela

Music Department

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Angelo Giovagnoli ... orchestra coordinator
Heitor Pereira ... music consultant
Frankie Pine ... music supervisor
Federico Ramos ... musician
Paul Silver ... music editor: temp mix
Sharon Smith ... music editor
Julia Michels ... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
Matt Walker ... music executive (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Krister C. Johnson ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Terran Benveniste ... production assistant
Beth M. Bodo ... production coordinator
Heather Cappiello ... script supervisor
Francisco Cortes ... set production assistant: San Francisco
Darlene Eliopoulos ... production assistant
Gary Gillingham ... production controller
Marcy Guiragossian ... set production assistant
K.D. Gulko ... production assistant
Marielbi Huerta ... production assistant location scout: Venezuela
Bridgette Kelley ... script supervisor
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc.
Rob Meisenholder ... production accountant: Brazil/USA
Ana Maria Otero ... production assistant location scout: Venezuela
Perigoso ... set manager
Joe Pichirallo ... production executive
Matthew Riutta ... assistant to producer
Korin A. Tarin ... post-production accountant
Nancy A. Terriberry ... production coordinator: San Francisco
Carson Turell ... assistant to director
Jude S. Walko ... office production assistant
Howard Young ... production accountant: San Francisco
John Siedenburg ... chef (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines It's gonna be one hot summer. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Woman on top - Amour, piments et bossa nova (France)
  • Las mujeres arriba (Peru)
  • Začin ljubavi (Serbia)
  • Sabor da Paixão (Brazil)
  • Las mujeres arriba (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 92 min
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Box Office

Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,008,191, 24 Sep 2000

Did You Know?

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Trivia All interiors for the San Francisco scenes were shot in soundstages in Brazil. See more »
Goofs As Isabella is leaving the Fish & Chips, her umbrella blows away to her right, yet the rain is falling straight down. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cheeni Kum (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Brazil See more »
Quotes Toninho: Isabella, I swear on my mother's grave, you are the only woman I ever loved.
Isabella: Your mother is still alive.
Toninho: That's not the point.
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