Directed by: Walter Avancini, Zalman King
Actors: Rae Dawn Chong, Martin Kemp, Tarcísio Meira
Country: USA | Brazil
Also known as: Sto pathos tou karnavaliou, No Calor do Rio
Description:Rae Dawn Chong stars as J.J., a starving reporter hunting for a great tale. The girl believes she has found it in a set of murders of Brazilian road kids in a favela run by the crimelord, Boca. The feeling of Rio through Carnival and the contagious charisma of Boca infatuate our character. Just how much is she delighted to exposure to get her report, and how much clothes is she ready to take off for Zalman King.
Review: Despite being co-directed by soft-core auteur Zalman King (Red Shoe Diaries), and despite tying to pull off an art-house drama, and despite in a serious movie about a real problem there is a fucking impromptu breast competition in a fucking landfill (!)…this film is kinda great. I mean that in a real sense. Tarcisio Meira is amazing as Boca. Martin Sheen is great, if only for two scenes. Even Rae Dawn Chong acts. Throw in the arty triple takes and editing, and I really think Boca is a perfect storm of flesh, style and story. This is a hidden gem.