Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In this vibrant if somewhat disjointed film, the spirit of Carnival enlivens the visits of two foreigners to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The first visitor is a prominent avant-garde French artist, who comes to the city in 1924, the second visitor is a poet in modern times. Each has a number of parallel experiences in the heady and timeless chaos of Rio during the pre-Lenten celebration, including similar lovemaking scenes at their hotels. Over the course of the film, other poignant stories are briefly recounted, such as the sad fate of a homosexual imprisoned at the turn of the century, or the sweet tale of a romance between a landowner and a pretty girl.