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The story of Orisbela, a young and religious woman who comes from Portugal to Brazil to marry Francisco de Albuquerque, a rude sugar-cane plantation owner, in 1570.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Spoladore Simone Spoladore ... Oribela
Osmar Prado ... Francisco de Albuquerque
Caco Ciocler ... Ximeno Dias
Berta Zemel Berta Zemel ... Dona Branca
Beatriz Segall ... Dona Brites
José Eduardo José Eduardo ... Governador
Débora Olivieri Débora Olivieri ... Maria
Ana Paula Mateu Ana Paula Mateu ... Viliganda
Cacá Rosset Cacá Rosset ... Afonso Soares D'Aragão
José Rubens Chachá José Rubens Chachá ... João Couto
John Paul John Paul ... Nagô
Alexandre Roit Alexandre Roit ... Joaquim / Marinheiro-Sailor
Hugo Possolo Hugo Possolo ... Pedro / MarinheiroS-ailor
José Raul Barretto José Raul Barretto ... José / MarinheiroS-ailor
Giovanna Borghi Giovanna Borghi ... Bernardinha
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In 1570, Oribela, a young orphan girl was given to a Brazilian settler by the Portugal Queen. She is sent far away to become the wife of the sugar beet farmer Francisco de Albuquerque, who is much older than her. Although Francisco loves her, he is an unkempt man who lives in a strange household with his mother and sister. She does everything to escape.

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Country:

Brazil | Portugal

Language:

Portuguese | Tupi | Hebrew | Latin

Release Date:

30 May 2003 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

La fiancée rebelle See more »

Filming Locations:

Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil

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A.F. Cinema e Vídeo See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Strong Portrait of Old Brazil
23 November 2002 | by Jose GuilhermeSee all my reviews

This film portrays the suffering and humiliation of an ex-convent bound orphan given no choice but to get married to a colonial strongman.

Its spoken in archaic portuguese which seems like a big mix of formal portuguese and spanish. This makes it especially interesting to portuguese and spanish speakers. Of course subtitles are included to help out.

The actors did a great job, especially the female lead. Simone Spoladore is fast making a name for herself as one of the best females actresses of Brazil. Needless to say she is very beautiful as well. The male cast does just as well.

I recommend this film strongly. The archaic portugues and the haunting visual portrayal of Brazil in 1570's draw you into the period and the story of a desperate woman.


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