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WOMAN ON TOP – OF THE STOVE, WELL, SORTOF

Taking a Bossa Nova beat from Brazil to San Francisco, "Woman on Top" is a modern fairy tale complete with a beautiful princess and a doting transvestite. Penelope Cruz is a marvelous chef/princess, yes, that's right, who flees her native Brazil to come to San Francisco's more cosmopolitan culinary pastures.
Awaiting Isabella (Cruz) in San Francisco is Monica ( Harold Perrrineau Jr.), her old coss-dressing childhood playmate. Isabella has left her husband Toninho (Murilo Benicio) in Brazil because she had felt neglected in her role as a cook in his restaurant. She just knew there were better things. And, indeed, there are.
Oh, Isabella can also cast spells, which she does upon arrival in her new home to forget Toninho. Having taken care of that, Isabella becomes a star on her own cooking show on TV which bubbles merrily along until Toninho makes an appearance. He crashes her show, and earns himself a co-starring role, thus deflating Isabella's solo souffle. But, love will out.
Critics say that the "feminism here is more Helen Gurley Brown than Betty Friedan." No matter, it looks to be a lot of fun, and who can't do without a message now and again?
Another critic says the movie "does nothing for gender politics, but it's peppy and colorful, and you might enjoy parts, even if you really shouldn't."
Spanish actress Cruz, performs her first English-speaking role as Isabella and she reportedly is slated to appear with the likes of Johnny Depp in the near future.
The movie is directed by Fina Torres and Thiery Arbogast and written by Vera Blasi. The producers are also female. It is rated R for strong sexuality and language.
It is playing at Market Square East.

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