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Gabriela (1983)

Gabriela (1983)

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Gabriela was based on Jorge Armado's novel Gabriela, Clove and Cinammon, which also served as the source of a typically steamy Brazilian TV soap opera. Set in 1925 (when the novel was first published), the film stars Marcello Mastrioanni as Nacib, a bartender in the Bahian village of Parati. When a drought descends upon the surrounding countryside, slovenly-but-sexy Gabriela (Sonja Braga) wanders into Parati with some friends and relatives. Immediately entranced by Gabriela's earthy sensuality, Nacib hires her as a cook and potential lover. Jealous of the attentions paid to Gabriela by the local menfolk, Nacib decides to marry her, then orders her to dress and behave in a more prudish fashion. But Gabriela can't help straying sexually, and as consequence it is Nacib who is forced to undergo the film's major character transformation. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Sonia Braga
as Gabriela
Antonio Cantafora
as Tonico Bastos
Paulo Goulart
as Col. Joao Fulgencio
Nicole Puzzi
as Malvina
Ricardo Petráglia
as Prof. Josue
Zeni Pereira
as Dona Arminda
Claudia Gimenez
as Dona Olga
Ivan Mesquita
as Col. Melk Tavares
Míriam Pires
as Mae De Malvina
Sandro Soviatt
as Head Gunman
Mario Jurado
as Journalist
Lutero Luiz
as Manoel das Oncas
Maurício do Valle
as Col. Amancio Leal
Nildo Parente
as Mauricio Caires
Nuno Leal Maia
as Romulo the Engineer
Chico Díaz
as Chico Moleza
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Critic Reviews for Gabriela

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Whenever the film wanders away from Gabriela, it seems to dawdle aimlessly before finding her again.

March 13, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

There is no real chemistry between the bar owner and his wonderful lover, [so] even the most dedicated filmgoer is eventually reduced to waiting for what we used to call the good parts.

March 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Number one item on the agenda, however, is the camera's on-going perusal of the Braga bod. Mastroianni as Gabriela's main man lends an air of consequence to the proceedings.

March 13, 2015 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's focus should have been on the way the unswervingly chauvinistic Mastroianni is forced to compromise his principles to save his marriage. But such is Barreto's fixation with Braga's body that the tone is almost risibly soft-core.

March 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Radio Times

A soft-core porn film that tries to hide its carnality under the cover of Amado's book.

March 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
TV Guide

The expected fireworks between Braga and Mastroianni, who usually can say more with a wink than most actors can say with a whole script, never happen.

March 13, 2015 | Full Review…
People Magazine

Audience Reviews for Gabriela

Based on Jorge Amado's novel, Gabriela it's a erotic drama by Bruno Barreto with terrific actings by Marcello Mastroianni and Sonia Braga. A chronicle about costum, society, sex and love. Gabriela have the bold of present nudity and sex scenes, showing the beauty in human body and love between the characters of Gabriela and Nacib. Fresh.

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