This sexy, sultry, and erotic film is based on a 1925 novel by Amado, which was also adapted for a long-running Brazilian soap opera that likewise starred Braga. A bloated, ancient-looking Mastroianni is the bar owner who hires Braga as his cook. It's 1925 in the Bahian village of Parati,
where a great drought has come upon the land, and the filthy, downtrodden Gabriela and some of her thirsty compadres have emigrated to town from the country. The moment she meets Mastroiannii, it's evident that she the proprietor will beable to use her. Once the mud is cleaned off her face,
Gabriela begins to appear attractive to many of the other men in the village as well, and M...