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Based on the runaway Brazilian best-seller, O Doce Veneno do Escorpião (The Scorpion’s Sweet Venom), Bruna Surfistinha tells the story of ex-prostitute Raquel Pacheco, aka ‘Bruna Surfistinha’, who left her upper-middle-class home aged 17 to join the ranks of The Oldest Profession, gaining popularity with a sex-themed blog with over 10,000 hits a month. Although opinions on Deborah Secco’s talent are equally divided, it’s difficult to think of another actress who could have pulled off Raquel/Bruna as well as she did. The sex scenes are one of the film’s strongest features, allowing the actors to expose themselves in a raw and titillating way, without being nasty. The sex and drugs that were fixtures of Pacheco’s life feature prominently in the movie, inciting explosive box office numbers as well as sharp criticism from conservative sectors. Anybody who is familiar with the story already knows the ending, but what makes the movie so popular is the same thing that made Bruna Surfistinha’s blog a success: the day-to-day life of a whore.
By Andrea Mercado
Director Marcus Baldini
Cast Deborah Secco, Cássio Gabus Mendes, Drica Moraes