Gabriela (1983 film)

Gabriela is a 1983 Brazilian romance film directed by Bruno Barreto. It was shot in the cities of Paraty, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and in Garopaba, Santa Catarina.[1] It is based on Brazilian author Jorge Amado's book, Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon.

Film poster
Directed byBruno Barreto
Produced byIbrahim Moussa
Harold Nebenzal
Written byBruno Barreto
Leopoldo Serran
Flávio R. Tambellini
Based onGabriela, Cravo e Canela by Jorge Amado
StarringSônia Braga
Marcello Mastroianni
Music byAntonio Carlos Jobim
CinematographyCarlo Di Palma
Edited byEmmanuelle Castro
Sultana Corporation
United International Pictures
Distributed byMGM/UA Classics
Release date
  • 24 March 1983 (1983-03-24)[1]
Running time
99 minutes
Box office$1.3 million[2]


It is 1925. Nacib (Mastroianni) is the owner of bar in a small town. He meets Gabriela (Braga) and he hires her on as a cook. They soon enter a passionate relationship, fueled by his strong attraction to her sensual nature. However, Nacib soon grows annoyed by the attention she receives. Under advisement of his best friend, Tonico (Cantafora), Nacib proposes to her, partly in the hopes that the attention quells.

After their marriage, he insists that she dress and behave more modestly so they can be seen as more respectable. Unfortunately, Gabriela cannot help but stray and Nacib is forced to annul the marriage when he finds her in bed with Tonico. Later, as both Nacib and the town begin to undergo a transformation, Nacib and Gabriela resume their relationship.



  1. "Gabriela" (in Portuguese). Cinemateca Brasileira. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  2. "Gabriela (1984)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
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