Highlights from Miami's 18th Brazilian Film Festival

August 20, 2014 5:34 PM

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Highlights from Miami's 18th Brazilian Film Festival

S.O.S. Women Overboard (S.O.S. Mulheres Ao Mar) For those with a taste for camp, Cris D'Amato's high seas cruise ship farce might be just the ticket. Adriana (Giovanna Antonelli) is an aspiring novelist who moonlights as a translator for hardcore American porn films. When her husband reveals he has been regularly grunting and groaning with Beatriz (Emanuelle Araújo), a soap opera diva, he abruptly ends their 10-year marriage. Instead of taking this news lying down, Adriana grabs her two best friends for the ride of their lives aboard a three-week European cruise ship—the same ship her ex has booked with his new lover. Determined to humiliate Beatriz and win her man back, Adriana botches several attempts at sabotage (which involve stalking, theft, drugged cocktails and the help of a hunky fashion designer). Predicable and charming, S.O.S. coasts along amiably thanks to its fine ensemble and lush scenery.

Never Too Old To Meow (Gata Velha Ainda Mia) In Rafael Primot's dark thriller, the wonderful Regina Duarte plays Gloria Polk, a legendary feminist writer who is about to publish her first novel in 17 years. When she invites a young journalist named Carol (Barbara Paz) over to her home for dinner, it...

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