There is good taste, and then there is incest. It’s surprising that I can sit and watch a lot of suspect and even deviant behaviour amongst (consenting) adults on the silver screen, but this is one topic that I feel is just a tad too icky even for me. Especially when it comes in the form of a melodramatic Brazilian telenova which is short on both substance as well as clothing, and is to all intents and purpose nothing more than a pretty piece of soft porn.
It starts with two young half brothers, one 6 years old and the other 12, who are a little too close to each other for my comfort zone, and for their mother too who suspects there may be more here than what meets the eye. Flash forward to the boys as grown men, one of the fathers dies, then the mother passes away too, and the boys seek solace in each other. Well that’s their excuse as they have barely stopped lusting after each other since they were kids.
We are convinced that it’s not just lust, but real love, which is put to the test when the younger brother who is a potential Olympic Swimming Champion is told by his Coach that he must move abroad to train. To Russia no less. Oh come on Coach, you mean to tell us there are no decent swimming pools closer to Brazil?
Love conquers all though and even a very pretty girl cannot steal the old brother away from his one true love, and this all plays out to a rather deafening over-laden heavy strings soundtrack And I guess they will happily ever after! Who knows, and more importantly, who cares?
Why see it at all? Well the boys/men are rather stunning beefcakes that even with this limited script prove that they can actually act, and also writhe around naked together looking very sexual but without doing the act (its soft porn after all). It was a big Box Office Hit in Brazil when it was released in 2009, and its just surfaced on Amazon where I wasted $3.99 and more importantly 90 minutes of my time.