Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
French-born Brazilian filmmaker Alain Fresnot directs the historical drama Desmundo. Set in 1570, the story follows a young orphan girl who was given to a Brazilian colonizer by the Queen of Portugal. Oribela (Simone Spoladore) is sent far away from home to be the wife of the sugar cane farmer Francisco de Albuquerque (Osmar Prado), who is much older than her. Although he loves her, Francisco is a slovenly man who lives in a strange, incestuous household with his mother and sister. Oribela does everything she can to escape until she enlists the help of slave trader Ximenes (Caco Ciocler) in order to sail back to Portugal. The dialog is spoken in an archaic Portuguese tongue. Desmundo was shown at the 2002 Rio de Janeiro Film Festival.
colonialism, escape, incest, sugar-cane-plantation