A group of strangers from different countries end up on Rio's beaches. Seeking self-fulfillment, they look for answers to existential questions. Yet it isn't until their different paths cross that they begin to understand why they came.
Arriving in Rio to tour the local cosmetic surgery clinics, a respected British esthetic surgeon, Charlotte warns potential clients that rhinoplasty isn't the key to true happiness. Meanwhile, out on the streets, a visiting U.S. ambassador, William gives his handlers the slip, and disappears into the city's most dangerous favela- slum or shantytown, especially in Brazil. There, he befriends a free-spirited tour guide and his gorgeous partner, who open his eyes to a side of the city few tourists ever see.
Most of the maids interviewed by Irène Jacob in her role of anthropologist are actual maids who live in the favelas (the neighborhood of the lowest classes) of Rio de Janeiro, and the DVD features longer excerpts of the interviews. See more »
I enjoyed it a lot because I was moved and it captured some of the madness, the warmth, the dignity and of course the sexiness of Rio. The characters were well acted, the humour was effortlessly funny and there is a storyline. However, you have to to pay attention to follow the cuts between story lines, it's a one bottle job not two. There was no dark side in this film, it capitalises on the positive qualities of Rio - after all it is a comedy. Couldn't help feeling there is kind of lazy morality about showing gun toting teenagers as defenders of the peace - how do you know that? There is no mention of the police and their role. There is a lot of travelogue and middle aged angst, maybe that's partly why i enjoyed it. Be warned if you are younger and/or haven't been to Rio give it a miss. If you aren't - watch it then go to the Rio!
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