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Sambolico (1996)

| Short, Drama
A Finnish music conductor and a Brazilian girl have virtual sex.


Mika Kaurismäki


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Complete credited cast:
Kari Väänänen ... Eric
Andrea Bloom Andrea Bloom ... Girl
Antonio Calloni Antonio Calloni ... Rudi
Anselmo Vasconcelos Anselmo Vasconcelos ... Drag Crooner
Breno Moroni Breno Moroni ... Drag Fire Blower
Ivan Setta Ivan Setta ... Capanga I
Gerson Araujo Gerson Araujo ... Capanga II (as Gerson Araújo)
Marcello Dias Marcello Dias ... Travesty Girl & Capoeirista
Ivan Martins Ivan Martins ... Madame Bovary Drag
Antônio Marcos Antônio Marcos ... Brad'n'Egg Guy (as Antonio Marcos)
Wanderley Gomes Wanderley Gomes ... Marshmallow Drag
Anquisius Carlos Magno Anquisius Carlos Magno ... Drag's Show
Norimar Santos Norimar Santos ... Mulata Samba Show
Angela Sardinha Angela Sardinha ... Mulata Samba Show
Simone Brito Simone Brito ... Mulata Samba Show


Eric is a successful Finnish music conductor, resting in a Rio de Janeiro hotel after a performance. Going to the beach, he meets a beautiful girl with her boyfriend. At the beach she suddenly appears and picks him up; the boyfriend is her pimp, and he isn't pleased. They race through the night streets of Rio, and in an out of night clubs, alternately enjoying each other, and dodging the boyfriend. Later Eric wakes up on the beach; was it all a dream? Well, maybe, until he meets the girl and her boyfriend again. Written by Hazel Freeman <hazel@tguk.net>

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Short | Drama




Brazil | Finland | Germany



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Mysterious fantasy film set in exotic location
22 July 2002 | by hazelfreemanSee all my reviews

Finland is a fine country but if you want to make an exotic short film then Brazil is an even better location.

Kaurism&auml;ki won acclaim at film festivals for this mysterious fantasy set on the Copacabana beach at Rio de Janeiro. A chance encounter in a hotel lift results in an extended sexual fantasy in the night streets and night clubs of Rio.

Andrea Bloom, in her only film to date, and billed just as Girl is pure sex and the film follows the interplay between her, the very unprepossessing hero Eric, and the Girl's boyfriend and, we presume, pimp.

There was too much allegory for me; the drag bar performer who suddenly turned hairier, mirrored later by the Girl herself suddenly turning rather masculine, didn't enlighten me.

Maybe the thing to do is just to enjoy the atmosphere and the spectacle. The credit list of extras at the end of the film is the longest I've ever seen, no doubt all willing to join in to generate the Carnival spirit for the film.

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