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Chica de Río (2001)

Discovering your wife is sleeping with your boss can make a man do strange things. For a Samba-obsessed London clerk, robbing a bank and boarding the first flight to Rio are just the beginning.

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Christopher Monger

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Juan Carlos Guerrero Torres (idea), Julián Ibáñez (screenplay) (as Julian Ibañez) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Raymond
Vanessa Nunes Vanessa Nunes ... Orlinda
Santiago Segura ... Paulo
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ... Strothers
Lia Williams ... Cathy
Nelson Xavier ... Bichero
Hugh Lloyd Hugh Lloyd ... Albert
John Junkin ... Mr. Bigelow
Julio Levy Julio Levy ... Copacabana Concierge (as Julio Levi)
Paul Jerricho Paul Jerricho ... Inspector
Kacey Ainsworth ... Sales Assistant
Glynis Brooks Glynis Brooks ... Mrs. Grace
Arthur Cox ... Bank Customer
Ann Morrish Ann Morrish ... Bank Customer
Paul Mari Paul Mari ... Larry
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Raymond is a bank clerk that dream on Rio de Janeiro and the beautiful and exotic samba dancer Orlinda. He has a secret class of samba at night, where he teaches the rhythm and how to dance samba to British persons. One day, he finds that his wife is cheating him with his boss and he decides to rob the bank and go to Rio de Janeiro to meet his passion. In the arrival, he meets the cab driver Paulo, an authentic 'malandro carioca' (smart guy born in Rio) and he crosses the way of the powerful 'bicheiro' (owner of an illegal and popular Brazilian lottery, called 'jogo de bicho' - translating, would be animal lottery), getting into trouble. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

13 July 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota do Rio See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Surprisingly watchable...
2 August 2006 | by El_Farmerino_EsqSee all my reviews

...in a you-always-know-exactly-what's-going-to-happen kind of way. Girl From Rio is hardly going to have you glued to the screen, or really make you think in any kind of way, but it makes for a pleasant couple of hours all the same, spattered through with a few decent laughs and the delightful Vanessa Nunes (or, to be more exact, Nunes' delightful backside).

Most of the movie's charm is, unsurprisingly, attributable to Laurie's performance; while hardly stretched (Raymond is the sort of character he can probably play in his sleep by now) he nonetheless remains both sympathetic and genuinely likable throughout. So much so, in fact, that you can forgive the quite remarkable implausibility of the whole thing, along with some absolutely horrendous support turns, a lazy script, pedestrian direction and some ridiculous soundtrack choices (such as when Raymond finally gets to dance with Orlinda and the samba beat bizarrely fades into a fromage-encrusted swell of strings). Indeed, that a movie so intrinsically flawed and worthless can be made perfectly enjoyable is a sturdy testament to Laurie's charisma.

Well, that and Nunes' arse...


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