Delicate Crime

Synopsis: Antônio Martins, respected theatrical critic, is a very rational man. But a chance meeting with young Inês, a nude painting model, is going to rock him. Inês keeps a relationship with painter José Torres Campana, an older man with a deep influence over her. Antônio gets jealous, and the three become characters of a drama saturated with desire and danger.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Beto Brant
  9 wins & 4 nominations.
87 min


Nineteenth Century.

In the streets,

the proletariat's emancipation.

In the patriarchal households,

the women's liberation.

An arduous and unequal combat.

A struggle, which lacked

no heroines and pioneers.

Idealists dreaming of a new world...

where women would be redeemed...

and men would pay

for their crimes.


What a cave of debauchery,

what a Gomorrah!

Carlota, what are you doing

in a lair as abject as this?

What are you doing in my house

without having been invited, sir?

Is it you the ignominious

priestess of this bacchanal?

You've something to look forward to,

corrupter of married women.

I will send my carriage

for the police.

Carlota's aware

of the crass moves...

used on your hypnotized patients.

These magnesium

plates prove it all.

Those are fake, gross impostures.

You did not even bother closing

the windows, you pervert!

They cannot ruin my career like that!

- You are such a scoundrel, Johann.

- Bravo, dear!

- Herman!

- Ma'am?

Search his pockets,

look for a key!

Herman was the outcome

of my first experiments...

with electricity applied

to male discipline.

Dearest, as of now,

you will be a free woman.

- Out with these shackles!

- Shackles!

"Poor Schubert, who can no longer

choose his own companions.

The play, scene after scene,

strips itself.

Everything becomes a frenzy of ins

and outs for the impersonation.

Instead of commotion,

only surprises and intrigue...

under precarious

lighting and costumes.

What is the meaning of

a woman dressed as a dominatrix...

with a rabbi's accent, beside a

bearded man dressed as a maid...

calling a analyst

who seduces his patients...

thru hypnosis a pervert?


hysteria of the

spectacle's creators.

On that location,

a sadomasochist club...

where people use theatricalism

to safeguard mental sanity...

a farce like this

one insults and mocks.

The relations of sexuality

become a tangible instrument...

like a rope, a whip, a needle.

Instead of speech, the phallus.

Instead of theater,

sex shop merchandising.

The actors do suffer,

but the audience suffers even more. "

I'm leaving already.

I'll stay a little longer.

- I'm great!

- Oh, darling!

Take care. See ya.

- Aren't you gonna ask my name?

- Of course.



Antonio, a saint's name.

St. Anthony, the matchmaker saint.

St. Expeditus, the patron

saint of impossible causes.

I pray every night,

but I don't ask for anything.

Everything is alright with my life.

I get everything I want.

What is that?

A pill to make life easier.

You were staring at me.

You were staring at me!

I was indeed.

You're fast, huh?

Is it bad?

No. Actually,

it's good. Very good.

Nice hand... big.

I like it.

I like to be firmly grabbed by hands.

Is this how your

friend sees you?

Can you see me there?

Just a bit.

- I barely know you.

- Yet.

- Take me somewhere.

- Somewhere?

Antonio Martins.

How do you know my name?

I was told you're a well-known

journalist, a fierce critic.

Is that so?

- Yeah.

- Did you believe it?

I don't find you all that fierce.

Is that why you called me?

- That too.

- That too...


Shall we?

Say something without

thinking, Antonio.



Let it come.

"One day...

I will paint your body

the same way I bite it.

I will be a Duchess of Museum.

Is there not a love between

male and female...

which knows how to swallow

its own secret?

Look at me, Cayetana...

and free me from those red ribbons

which cross your chest...

as if destroying an empire...

and be what this joy must be...

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Marçal Aquino

Marçal Aquino (born 1958) is a Brazilian novel writer, screenwriter and journalist. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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