How to Be Single in Rio | Chicago Reader

How to Be Single in Rio

Rosane Svartman's 1998 comedy, about a handful of young Brazilians searching for their perfect mates, isn't exactly profound, but there's something refreshing and kooky about this sweet frappe of a film. The gorgeous cinematography is dominated by bright yellows and oranges, and the scenes of sky, sand, and water make one want to fly down to Rio. The perky young cast makes even the most unlikely plot twists seem plausible, as when lothario Ricardo publishes a book on how to pick up women and finds himself in a televised debate with his ex-girlfriend, now a lesbian-separatist candidate for public office. Svartman reaches for Pedro Almodovar's blend of high camp and social commentary, yet this is really just a 90s Brazilian version of Frankie and Annette—not a bad thing, but check your brain at the door. 93 min.


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