Loosely inspired by a TV news report, this is the story of Darlene (Regina Case), who lives in the Brazilian outback and manages to collect three husbands, all living together under the one roof. Her her joy of living and matter of fact nature make the house a convivial home, more or less.
Darlene, Regina Case, is heavily pregnant. She heads for the city after being stood up at the altar and doesn`t return to her home village for three years, just in time to attend her mother`s funeral. With minimal prospects she accepts a marriage offer from Osias, Lima Duarte, who`s much older and we discover, very stuck in his ways. He doesn`t even seem interested in her sexually, which is why when a chance encounter leads to a further pregnancy he doesn`t seem to mind very much that the baby is black. His cousin Zezinho, Stenio Garcia, is infatuated with Darlene and moves in to Osias` house to help with the cooking. Soon baby number three arrives, rather surprisingly with Zezinho`s blue eyes. And the final ingredient is supplied by itinerant worker Ciro, Luis Carlos Vasconcelos, whom Darlene meets in the cane fields...This rather ponderously told tale doesn`t bother to delve too far into this situation, it prefers to just present events in a pragmatic fashion that makes the whole thing rather dull. Regina Case has an interesting presence but we`re given little access to her character, she`s stoicism personified. On the plus side the region of Bahia is given attractive wide-screen treatment but the film as a whole didn`t get me very excited at all.Comments From David StrattonThis is lots of fun. A bit similar to that famous Brazilian classic, Dona Flor And Her Two Husbands, it centres on a lovely performance from Regina Case as the prodigious Darlene, but there`s also fine cinematography, a terrific music track, and a cheerfully immoral storyline.