Gabriela (1983)

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… More

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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

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

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A spicy drama that blends sex and social commentary on Brazilian mores.

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Roger Ebert

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.

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TV Guide

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

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Bob Baker
Time Out

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.

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People Magazine

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.

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Lucas Martins
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… More