• Publication date: September 15, 2011

A sexy comedy that turns happily ever after upside down Woman On Top: She's Cooking Up A Storm

Beautiful young Brazilian chef Isabella works at her life's passion: cooking, alongside her sexy restaurateur husband, Toninho.

Beautiful young Brazilian chef Isabella works at her life's passion: cooking, alongside her sexy restaurateur husband, Toninho.

Unfortunately, Isabella is hidden in the kitchen while Toninho takes the credit. In certain situations, though, Isabella must seize control--while driving and while having sex--in order to overcome her crippling motion sickness.

Eventually, macho Toninho tires of Isabella being on top in bed, so he cheats on her with another woman.

Discovering his tryst, the shattered Isabella flees Brazil for San Francisco, to stay with her friend Monica, a fun-loving transvestite. Starting a new life is difficult, however, as Isabella has trouble finding a job and even more trouble forgetting her husband.

In desperation, she makes an offering to Yemanja, the goddess of the sea, and asks for help. With Yemanja's help, Isabella meets a handsome television producer, who wants the lovely chef to be the star of a new cooking show.

Just when Isabella's life seems to be falling into place, a distraught Toninho arrives to shake things up. Featuring a heartfelt, truthful performance by Cruz, Torres's tale is one of magical realism, mysticism and true love.

The movie presents a sweet and sour love story/fairy tale with the quirky story of Isabella a top-notch chef and glowing beauty who suffers from motion sickness.

Playing up all of these characteristics, the film explores two of Cruz's love affairs: one with a restaurant-owner, and the other with the television producer of a cooking program.

This movie is rated R for some strong sexuality and language.

Year: 2000

Runtime: 92 mins

Genre: Comedy/ Romance

Starring:

Penelope Cruz

Harold Perrineau Jr.,

John DeLancie

Murilo Benicio

Mark Feuerstein

Directed by: Fina Torres