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Original Title :
Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos
Genre :
Movie / Comedy
Year :
Directror :
Bruno Barreto
Cast :
Sônia Braga,José Wilker,Mauro Mendonça
Writer :
Jorge Amado,Bruno Barreto
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Time :
1h 50min
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Dona Flor et ses deux maris (1976) Online

In a small city of Brazil, a woman named Flor marries a man named Vadinho, but once married she finds that he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking and he takes all of her money to gamble. After Vadinho dies, Flor marries Tedoror, the owner of a drugstore. Flor is happy with her new husband but misses the love life with her previous husband. When one day the ghost of Vadhino comes back to peruse her.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Sônia Braga Sônia Braga - Dona Flor (Florípides) Guimarães (as Sonia Braga)
José Wilker José Wilker - Valdomiro 'Vadinho' Santos Guimarães
Mauro Mendonça Mauro Mendonça - Dr. Teodoro Madureira
Dinorah Brillanti Dinorah Brillanti - Rozilda
Nelson Xavier Nelson Xavier - Mirandão, Vadinho's Buddy
Arthur Costa Filho Arthur Costa Filho - Carlinhos the Guitarist
Rui Resende Rui Resende - Cazuza the Drunk
Mário Gusmão Mário Gusmão - Arigof
Nelson Dantas Nelson Dantas - Clodoaldo the Poet
Haydil Linhares Haydil Linhares - Norminha, Flor's Friend
Nilda Spencer Nilda Spencer - Dinorah, Flor's Friend
Sílvia Cadaval Sílvia Cadaval - Jacy
Ivanilda Ribeiro Ivanilda Ribeiro - Sofia a Servant
Sue Ribeiro Sue Ribeiro - Magnólia
Francisco Santos Francisco Santos - Venâncio, the Priest

Debut theatrical feature film of American actress Mercedes Ruehl who portrayed an American girl in a casino.

The film was the most watched cinema movie in Brazilian theaters, holding the record for around twenty years, until Титаник (1997)'s theatrical release.

Director Bruno Barreto was born in 1955 and this film debuted in 1976 when he was only 20 or 21. Barreto started working on this film at age 19. Considering it was the largest grossing film in Brazil between its 1976 release and 1997, the then 19-year-old did a great job.

First of three filmed adaptations of Jorge Amado's novel , "Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos". The second was made in the U.S.A as the cinema movie Kiss Me Goodbye (1982). The third version, and the second Brzailian version, was the Brazilian "telenovela" television series, Dona Flor e Seus 2 Maridos (1998).

Leniza Mayer the Famous Singer, the songstress character in the casino sequence, played by Betty Faria, stars in a leading role in the movie A Estrela Sobe (1974), also directed by this film's director, Bruno Barreto. In this other movie, the Leniza Mayer character is also played by the same actress Betty Faria as well. Further, the pair have also collaborated on Bye Bye Brasil (1980) and Romance da Empregada (1987).

The film's source novel by Jorge Amado was first filmed in Brazil as Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (1976) [Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands]. Its American remake, Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), is also based on this movie, and was made and first released about six years later.

The film's source novel "Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos" by Jorge Amado suggested the Broadway musical "Saravà".

The 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Brazil were held in the 40th Anniversary year of this very famous Brazilian movie.

The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film but lost out to Ingmar Bergman's Höstsonaten (1978) [Autumn Sonata].

Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (1976), and its source novel were set in Brazil, South America but the American remake, Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), set the film in the USA. The scriptwriter Charlie Peters later wrote Blame It on Rio (1984) which did take place in Brazil and captured Dona Flor's "boudoir farce" elements which had been cut back dramatically in the Hollywood remake Kiss Me Goodbye (1982).

The film was made and released about a decade years after the publication of it source novel, "Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos" by Jorge Amado, which had been first published in 1966. Moreover, the picture was first released about seven years after the first English language version of the book had been first published in 1969.

This Brazilian picture became the most successful Brazilian film at the box-office in Brazil with its record not broken until around thirty-five years later with the Brazilian movie Элитный отряд: Враг внутри (2010).

Actress Sônia Braga and the picture were nominated for a BAFTA Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles but Braga lost out to Australian actress Judy Davis for My Brilliant Career (1979).

The movie was remade and broadcast as a Brazilian television series, Dona Flor e Seus 2 Maridos (1998), around twenty-two years after this theatrical feature film had debuted.

Blame It on Rio (1984) co-screenwriter Charlie Peters previously wrote Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) which was a remake of the Brazilian movie Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (1976) [Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands]. That movie and its source novel were both set in Brazil, South America, where Blame It on Rio (1984) is mostly set, with the American remake Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) being set in the USA. The original Brazilian film had a number of 'boudoir farce' story elements which were taken out for the American Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) remake. Peters then around two years later co-wrote this American remake Blame It on Rio (1984) which also takes place in Brazil, re-setting the action there from the Côte d'Azur in France where the source film, Un moment d'égarement (1977) [One Wild Moment], was mostly set. But this time the remake, Blame It on Rio (1984), did not have the 'boudoir farce' story elements removed from its source foreign film, as had been the case with Kiss Me Goodbye (1982).

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Dona Flor, Sonia Braga, ( The Kiss of the Spider Woman and Robert Redford; Milagro Beanfield War) is married to Vadinho, José Wilker ( well known Brazilian Soapopera star). Vadinho likes women and Flor is a subservient wife who gives cooking lessons because she is well known in town for her good cooking. Vadinho never misses a chance to flirt and even to touch other women in front of Flor, who never catches him. Flor is great denial because she loves him and they have a great sex life. Vadinho dies. She remarries the town pharmacist, Mauro Mendonça (another famous Soap opera actor) who is a complete prude. Vadinho then begins to show up as a ghost, and keeps making fun of her prude husband. Well many funny moments of great laughter. Based on a book by Jorge Amado, one of the foremost Brazilian writers ( Gabriela, Cravo e Canela), this is a fun plot and very much into the Brazilian culture. You must give Vadinho a break at the beginning of the movie because machismo is somewhat accepted in the Latin culture, and as the plot develops his machismo will make you laugh. Well directed by Bruno Barreto, who directed ( Four Days in September) movie that was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Film in 1988, Dona Flor will give great insights into Brazilian culture and a flavor to taste Brazilian food. Very spice, and fun Movie. I highly recommend!


In the dawn of the Sunday of the Carnival of 1943, in Salvador, the thirty-three years old Valdomiro 'Vadinho' Santos Guimarães (José Wilker) dies, with many internal organs not working well. The widow, the teacher of culinary art Dona Flor (Florípides) Guimarães (Sônia Braga), misses him and remember their lives together along seven years of marriage. Gambler, Bohemian, hard-drinker, "bon-vivant", but also good lover, Vadinho left Flor in the honeymoon, after the consumption of his obligations, to gamble in a casino and spend the rest of the night in a brothel. But he knew how to treat and love Flor, and in the end she made peace with him. After his death, Flor marries Dr. Teodoro Madureira (Mauro Mendonça), a good husband and hard- worker, with a great culture and player of oboe in a local orchestra. Teodoro gives a comfortable and very stable life to Flor, but without passion in his love, having boring sexual intercourse with her. After one year of marriage, Flor misses so much the sex life with Vadinho that she includes him in her sexual life. "Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos" is a delightful transposition to the cinema of the greatest best-seller of the Brazilian literature, having more than two millions readers. The naive and metaphoric story of a woman in the 40's, in the interior of Brazil, who has a repressed sexual life in her second marriage, and fantasizes thinking in the love of her former husband, is indeed a classic in Brazil. Sonia Braga in the beginning of her career, with her very Brazilian type, is magnificent in the role of Dona Flor, and José Wilker is the personification of the "Brazilian loafer" of the 40's, wearing white suit, asking for money to his friends, spending the money in gamble, women and booze, and having a woman to support him. This movie was awarded in the "Festival of Gramado (Brazil)" in 1977, and was nominated to the Golden Globe of 1979 in the category Best Foreigner Movie. This movie was recently released on DVD in Brazil. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos"


I first saw this film when it was released here in L.A. over twenty years ago. It was outrageously funny then, and even more so 20 years later.

Dona Flor is married to Mr Wrong, but she loves him and overlooks his short comings and takes care of him. After his untimely death, she marries Mr. Right who adores and cares for her. Yet, the spark Mr. Wrong ignited within her is missing. That is until the ghost of Mr. Wrong comes back... LOL! Can a woman love and honor two husbands?

Whether you're a stickler for monogamy or you believe having more than one spouse is the only way to go, you'll have fun viewing this beautiful, entertaining, and hilarious film.


One of Bruno Barreto's earliest works, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands is a comical story about human desires and the need for balance. This movie is for everyone who ever wanted to mix and match the qualities of failed lovers into the perfect partner. You will laugh and see yourself in Dona Flor's struggles.


When I first saw it, it was one of the most sexiest movies I had ever seen. Sonia Braga back in the late seventies was a beautiful woman and now as a 57 year old she still has that look. After seeing the movie I wanted to see more of Brazil, so much I went to Rio. I was not disappointed. From very rich ex-patriot Germans to super poor mixed race Brazilians, it was an eye opener. Brazilian women were so sexy in dress and manner but don't let the eye candy fool you. There character was top rate. As one Brazilian woman put it, "We dress like this because we celebrate life and sex, but to get these pants off a wedding ring is the key."


Talking about prodigy filmmakers, Xavier Dolan might feel threatened, at the age of 21, Brazilian director Bruno Barreto's third feature DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS (adapted from Jorge Amado's namesake novel), became the most successful film in Brazilian history, a record it would retain for about 35 years, and it launched its star Sonia Braga onto international stardom, who would reach the apogee in her iconic turn in KISS OF THE SPIDER MAN (1985, 9/10) as the embodiment of the titular spider woman.

Death precipitately befalls during the exotic festivity of a cluster of people dancing and courting a mulatto in a Brazilian town, and the deceased is Vadinho (Wilker), a young man in his early thirties, and the causes of his death are multiple. He is survived by his wife Dona Flora (Braga), and she starts to recollect their seven-year marriage and it turns out Vadinho is a complete good-for-nothing except his amorous sexual desire. He is a chronic gambler, an inherent womaniser, a boozer and whore-monger with a tendency for domestic violence. And Dona is a sultry beauty, but also a religious wife, she puts up with him in spite of all the suffering and abuse, since occasionally she can find the ephemeral satisfaction in their torrid love-making. But in the eyes of others, like Dona's mother and her close friends, who keep grousing about why she is so submissive towards Vadinho's tyranny, their marriage is a total mismatch judging by the face value.

When Vadinho is out of the picture, everyone is hoping for a new bright future for Dona, including herself, she is tormented by his sudden death, but is also looking forward to commencing a brand new chapter of her life. So she marries to a second husband, a middle-age pharmacist Teodoro (Mendonça), the exact opposite of Vadinho, a respectful man with a prospective future, but pedantic and boring, and worst of all, the sex is dreadful, comically marked out by Barreto in their wedding consummation with droll earnestness.

Commendably, the film focuses on a woman's conundrum between two polarised types of men, edifies with the motto "happiness does not equal romance" and then establishes Dona as a token of woman's sexual liberation by creating an imaginary ménage-a-trois situation with no rationale behind it. Barreto affirmatively betrays his young age through mischievousness of twisting the irony of fate and whimsies in engineering its saucy sex scenes with inordinate indulgence. Especially Wilker is not such a hotrod gaging by today's standard, watching him flaunt his flabby body in the buff and ca-noodle Braga again and again only solidifies one thing: she deserves someone much better, and the exploitation of her sex appeal out-paces the requirement for a committed performance, which she invests profoundly in the character development.

As far as the film is concerned, although sometimes verbosely executed, but who can resist its fetching charm of a strange land with all its whistles and bells function in full mode, plus a hindsight of Barreto's young age can only attribute more to his precocious expertise, a creditable achievement indeed.


As a confirmed Brazilophile who has visited that charming country many times, I can easily affirm that this film will come as close as any other to providing you with the authentic flavor of Brazil. What keeps this from being a really good film is its essential silliness. Another reviewer has recapitulated the plot fairly well, so I don't need to do that here. Suffice it to say that I don't find it incomprehensible that Flor would put up with her first husband's peccadillos as the price for passionate sex. What I do find incomprehensible is that a woman as passionate as Flor would put up with her second husband's ineptitude at lovemaking. He wears both his pajamas and his underwear to bed and keeps them on when he makes love, and she keeps her nightgown on as well. Why doesn't she rip all of the clothes off and teach him something? Oh well..........


Sonia Braga's beauty and charm is sure to captivate most male viewers of this film, but even they will probably notice that the whole thing DRAGS along at a slow-as-molasses pacing and feels incomplete, as if the filmmakers couldn't come up with a truly satisfying ending. The basic story is clever, but I'm afraid this film too often borders on boredom. (**1/2)


This priceless old film contains brilliant performances, not only by the great Sonia Braga, and the Moliere Award-winning Jose Wilker, but also by the entire supporting cast.

The gossipy neighbors, the uptight mother, the casino and whorehouse friends of Vadinho, are all played to absolute perfection! Mauro Mendonça deserves honorable mention for his spot-on portrayal of the bassoon-playing dork of a second husband. I've seen this at least a dozen times, and I still can't stop laughing.

Few films create a masterpiece out of a masterpiece of fiction, which both this film and Jorge Amado's novel certainly are. Here, you get not only erotic art, but a hilarious and splendid comedy of manners, in a fantastic period setting, perfect in every detail. If that were not enough, the soundtrack of Francis Hime and Chico Buarque de Hollanda, with the theme song, "O que sera sera," sung by the great Simone, serves you an auditory feast worthy of Dona Flor's immortal moqueca.

A treasure to savor, over and over and over again!