Woman on Top
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item number: XTX 01654D
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 14, 2003
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Searchlight
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case - Checkpoint
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- International Trailer
- 3 TV Spots
- Bonus Trailers
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Recipe Book
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Murilo Benicio, Harold Perrineau, Mark Feuerstein & John de Lancie|
|Directed by||Fina Torres|
|Edited by||Leslie Jones|
|Screenwriting by||Vera Blasi|
|Composition by||Luis Bacalov|
|Produced by||Alan Poul|
|Director of Photography:||Thierry Arbogast|
|Executive Production by||Bronwen Hughes & Fina Torres|
Rating: B -- "Woman On Top" is a chick flick with so much colorfully spicy Brazilian food being passed around as a shared aphrodisiac, that audience couples will be running out the cinema for food and bed. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- Cruz smolders with sexuality. Full Review
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
An actively annoying experience.
Rating: 2/5 -- Penelope Cruz and little else in this so-so comedy Full Review
Common Sense Media
...Cruz charmingly plays Isabella, a sultry enchantress who has been given one gift and one curse from the gods...
Instead of hot, you get barely lukewarm -- a tepid and oily 'Calgon, take me away!' bath that seems to be aimed at women who don't get out very much.
May remind you of Like Water For Chocolate without the tragedy and subtitles. Full Review
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Director Fina Torres presents a sweet and sour love story/fairy tale with WOMAN ON TOP, the quirky story of Isabella (Penelope Cruz) a top-notch chef and glowing beauty who suffers from motion sickness. Playing up all of these characteristics, the film explores two of Cruz's love affairs: one with a restaurant-owner, and the other with the television producer of a cooking program. A captivating, sometimes hilarious story, WOMAN ON TOP is a romantic and fun film with a lively Brazilian spirit.
Venezuelan filmmaker Fina Torres's (CELESTIAL CLOCKWORK) third feature is a colorful, comedic fantasy about food and love. Beautiful young Brazilian chef Isabella (Penelope Cruz) works at her life's passion: cooking, alongside her sexy restaurateur husband, Toninho (Murilo Benicio). Unfortunately, Isabella is hidden in the kitchen while Toninho takes the credit. In certain situations, though, Isabella must seize control--while driving and while having sex--in order to overcome her crippling motion sickness. Eventually, macho Toninho tires of Isabella being on top in bed, so he cheats on her with another woman. Discovering his tryst, the shattered Isabella flees Brazil for San Francisco, to stay with her friend Monica (Harold Perrineau, Jr.), a fun-loving transvestite. Starting a new life is difficult, however, as Isabella has trouble finding a job and even more trouble forgetting her husband. In desperation, she makes an offering to Yemanja, the goddess of the sea, and asks for help. With Yemanja's help, Isabella meets a handsome television producer, Cliff (Mark Feuerstein), who wants the lovely chef to be the star of a new cooking show. Just when Isabella's life seems to be falling into place, a distraught Toninho arrives to shake things up. Featuring a heartfelt, truthful performance by Cruz, Torres's tale is one of magical realism, mysticism and true love.
- Theatrical release: September 22, 2000
- Director Fina Torres's debut feature, ORIANA, won the prestigious Camera d'Or at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.
- Torres spent two years researching and gathering the Brazilian music for the film's soundtrack.
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