FILMS

Girl From Rio (2001)

Director: Christopher Monger
Writer: Christopher Monger
Producers: Muir Sutherland and Andre Vicente Gomez
Associate Producer: Stuart Sutherland
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Santiago Segura and Vanessa Nunes


WON, BEST INTERNATION FILM, HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL

A 2001 1×102 Cassanova Pictures/Lolafilms production


Discovering your wife is sleeping with your boss can make a man do strange things… On a dull, drizzly Christmas Eve, Raymond (Hugh Laurie) discovers that his coldly ambitious wife Cathy (Lia Williams) is eloping with his bank-manager boss Mr Strothers (Patrick Barlow). Left to lock up over the holiday period, Raymond decides to get his own back by robbing the bank and catching the first plane to the sun-drenched beaches of Rio de Janeiro with his new-found wealth. He’s on the trail of “that girl," the fabulous girl who graces the cover of Samba Monthly; Arriving in Rio, Raymond links up with eccentric taxi driver Paulo (Santiago Segura) who is only too happy to help him spend his fortune. Together they hunt down the exotic Orlinda (Vanessa Nunes). After a night of passion, Raymond wakes to find both Orlinda and his money have vanished. His trouble has only just begun, as the streets of Rio are fraught with danger and Raymond is quickly drawn into the city’s underworld, where local gangsters are also on the trail of the big-spending Englishman…