Woman on Top

Synopsis: Isabella is a great cook, making her husband's restaurant in Bahia, Brazil, a success. To control her motion sickness, she must do the driving and be on top during sex, which drives her macho husband, Toninho, to infidelities. Heart-broken, she leaves for San Francisco, moving in with her childhood friend, Monica, a cross-dresser. To mend her heart, she makes an offering to Yemanja, the goddess of the sea. The goddess responds: Isabella no longer loves and the fish in Bahia no longer bite. Stricken, Toninho heads north to get her back; he finds her hosting a popular TV show, Passion Food, courted by its producer. Can he learn humility? Can she find happiness without him?
Director(s): Fina Torres
Production: Fox Searchlight
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Good morning. I am Isabella Oliveira, | and I am your new teacher.

I come from a place called Bahia | in the northeast of Brazil.

There we have a very unique way of cooking.

So I will not give you my recipes.

I will show you what inspires me in the hope | that you will find your own inspiration. OK?

I think that to cook well, you must bring | all your feelings and experience

to the act of creation.

Let's start with my passion:

Chili peppers.

They're from the Americas, and were found | here long before the arrival of Columbus.

Hold them in your hand. Notice the colors.

Now sniff.

OK, what do you smell? | Can you describe the sensation?

How about you?

I smell...

a walk on a moonlit beach in Acapulco.

When did you become a poet?

What do you expect me to say? | It smells like a vegetable?

So now here's my favorite. | "Malagueta" pepper.

Don't be fooled by its tiny size. | On the heat scale it is a very hot ten.

But what I love most about it is its smell.

Its aroma.

And a flavor you can never forget.

So when you work with the chilies, | remember to coat your fingers with oil,

so your skin won't burn.

The smooth flavor of a chili | is found on the outside part.

The part that burns are the ribs and seeds.

That's where the fire comes from.

I'm sorry.

I'll be fine. Really. I'll be fine.

with thoughts from author Claudia Hunter,

Men They Hate," has just hit the shelves.

Are you one of them?

who emotionally jerks you around?

charming, strutting peacock,

hidden away in a small dark kitchen?

Shut up.

Go home! Go home! Christ.

We have no fish, no customers, no chef. | Help yourself to whatever's left in the kitchen.

Thanks, Mr Toninho.

Hey, come on, man. Don't be like that.

Ave Maria! Look at the painting!

All of our fish, there they are.

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