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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands / Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos

Year - 1976
Studio - Carnavale Unifilm
Stars - Sônia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça
Director - Bruno Barreto
Writing Credits - Jorge Amado (novel), Bruno Barreto, Eduardo Coutinho
Music - Chico Buarque, Francis Hime


Dona Flor (Sônia Braga) is married to Vadinho (José Wilker), an insatiable gambler and patron of prostitutes. He uses money that Dona earns from conducting cooking classes, and is very abusive towards her when she complains. However, she has learned to enjoy his carnal skills in the bedroom. When Vadinho unexpectedly dies while dancing at a rowdy street carnival, Dona sees a chance to find happiness in a more stable relationship.

When the local pharmacist, Teodoro (Eduardo Coutinho) proposes marriage, Dona accepts. The respected businessman is very conventional in his habits, including his lovemaking skills. Although Dona loves him, she misses the carnality of the late Vadinho.

On the anniversary of Vadinho's death, reappears to Dona. He is naked, and explains that she had called him to "share her bed" with him. Only she can see or here him. She protests, but reluctantly acknowledges his new presence in her life. The ghost returns to the casino, where he invisibly causes chaos.

Sitting on top of the bedroom dresser, Vadinho laughs as he watches Teodoro's uninspired love-making. Dona ultimately gives in and decides to live happily with both husbands.

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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands was remade as Kiss Me Goodbye in 1982.