Woman on Top R

Woman on Top
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item number:  XTX 01654D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 14, 2003
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Fox Searchlight
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case - Checkpoint
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers:
      1. Original Theatrical Trailer
      2. International Trailer
      3. 3 TV Spots
      4. Bonus Trailers
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
  • Additional Products:
    • Recipe Book

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by &

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 97


User Ratings: 8,059
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Cruz is bewitching all through the movie, but her beauty and charm have to pull a heavy train of cliches and inevitable developments. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 1, 2000
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.
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 5/10 -- Wildly mediocre. Full Review
Sep 23, 2006
...Cruz is bewitching all through the movie...
Chicago Sun-Times
Sep 22, 2000
...A genuine mystical feel...
Sight and Sound
Feb 1, 2001
May remind you of Like Water For Chocolate without the tragedy and subtitles. Full Review
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Jul 1, 2004
Rating: 2.5/5 -- This would-be spicy film has been made blandly palatable.
New York Times
Jan 1, 2000

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • 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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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 8,202
  • UPC: 024543048855
  • Shipping Weight: 0.23/lbs (approx)
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