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Carnal Utopia (2006)

Sonhos e Desejos (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 27 October 2006 (Brazil)
Marcelo Santiago's period romance Dancing in Utopia (AKA Sonjos E Desejos 2006) explores variations of passion and lust as manifest in a potentially incendiary love triangle ...


Marcelo Santiago


Álvaro Caldas (novel), Carolina Monteiro De Barros (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Mel Lisboa Mel Lisboa ... Cristiana / Student
Felipe Camargo Felipe Camargo ... Saulo / Professor
Sergio Marone Sergio Marone ... Vaslav / Wounded Guerrilla (as Sérgio Marone)
Ricardo Pereira ... Roco / Guerrilla
Rômulo Braga Rômulo Braga
Marco Ricca Marco Ricca


Three militants are forced to be confined within an apartment in the 1970s, in Belo Horizonte. One of them, Vaslav, a dancer, has just arrived wounded and keeps his face covered by a hood. He is received by the student Cristiana and her literature teacher Saulo, who have a sexual relationship. During the conversation, they discuss and talk about their lives, the politics and the reality of the time. Over time, she engages and falls in love with Vaclav, causing serious problems with her boyfriend.

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Fighting for a cause, about society and about love
28 May 2008 | by mario_cSee all my reviews

It's a Brazilian romance drama set in the period when the country was governed by a Military Dictatorship. The plot is set in the 70's and it's about a couple, CRISTIANA (Mel Lisboa) e SAULO (Filipe Camargo), that are part of a rebellious armed group which tries to fight against the dictator regime and its oppression, believing in a better future and a free country. During one of those operations one of their companions, VASLAV (Sérgio Marone) is injured in his hand and SAULO takes he to his place in order to CRISTIANA take care of him, until he gets healed. Everything is alright until the moment which starts rising a profound complicity and friendship between CRISTIANA and VASLAV. It's the beginning of a complex love triangle…

In spite of the political context as background it's mainly a romance drama, a bit philosophical I must say since it focus on the ideals and thoughts of that revolutionary period, but it's no more than that. It's a slow paced and melancholic film but it's never too melodramatic. In fact it's even a bit poetic at parts… and, OK, I must admit it, what called my attention to this movie was the beauty of the gorgeous Mel Lisboa! She's really sweet like "mel" (in Portuguese "mel" means "honey" – bee's honey. Now I understand why she has that name!:). Globally I appreciated the acting, from her and from the two other leading actors. I just didn't appreciate the acting by the Portuguese Ricardo Pereira which does a minimal role as the paranoid ROCO. I think he wasn't so fine! To sum up I enjoyed the film, I just think it's perhaps a bit slow.

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