7 September 2004 | jotix100
Long live the golden platform shoes!
This film was shown by HBO last night. Not having a clue as to what it was about, and only knowing a couple of the actors in the cast, I decided to take a look. Well, this has to be one of the worst films to come out of Brazil in quite a while.
The film, directed by Carlos Lacerda is a misguided attempt to bring together two cultures that on paper should be similar, but in reality they're completely different. The film is phony from beginning to end. Just to think that the Cuban dancers are free to leave their island on a whim, is stretching the truth big time. Not only that, but at one point Dolores, the young woman at the center of the story, picks up her cellular phone and proceeds to dial her 'santera' godmother, in Rio, and miracle of miracles: she gets through and they speak!
To make matter worse, Mr. Lacerda has given a Spaniard actor, Jorge Sanz, the main role of Jose, who tries to imitate the Cuban accent, without much success. He has also another Spaniard actress, Maria Galina, as Merceditas, whose relationship to Dolores is never explained. Merceditas deals in the black market selling liters of milk, that she gets for nothing, due to her diabetic condition, and then sells them for five dollars, which is pure fantasy.
Even the dancing is third rate. In fact, if you want to have a laugh or two rent it, if you want to have a laugh at the preposterous screen play and watch soft core porn as the director wants the viewer to experience various couplings and a possible multiple from the cast.
Mr. Lacerda doesn't have a clue about what he is trying to pass as a film.