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LGBTQ Brazilian “Steamy” Bathhouse Film; “Copa 181”

After seeing a few LGBTQ films this year I can say this is an emerging genre. Initially it is a bit shocking but take the LGBTQ out of the equation and the question is whether it is a good film.

I am not a member of the LGBTQ community but appreciate the opportunity to tap into this emerging genre and at the end of the day they are just films about people who just happen to be in the LGBTQ community. Simply because you are watching an LGBTQ film really does not make it special unless of course being a “queer” has made you suspicious and disinterested in “straight” films.

Copa 181 is the name of a gay sauna for men in Rio de Janeiro. There are moans and groans and rather blurry pictures of gay sex. There are gay hookers plying their trade and there are regular looking guys searching for a hook up.

I mean the gay sex is very boring and formalistic but Eros is a very big women trying to crack the opera scene so we hear Habenera from “Carmen” more than a few times. She is married to a Japanese fellow named Tana who works in a building supply store. It looks like an “average” relationship until we see Tana as a frequent Copa 181 customer.

Well then there is Kika, a trans, who is bullied by Leo who can’t admit he is gay. Is this sounding a bit like a soap opera?

There is really not very much to this film. It is hardly steamy and the moans and groans of blurred gay sex are very boring.

Now the ending has a nice little kick as Eros continues a career shift into classical Brazilian music and performs at Copa 181.

In any case being outed Tana and Eros still express their love for each other. An average ending for an average film.

What is most interesting is that there was a big crowdfunding to finance the film. The Brazilian LGBTQ community obviously thought there was some importance to the film.

The film is available as of October 29, 2019. Canadians can access on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu, local cable & satellite providers, and DVD.

Portuguese with English subtitles.

See the trailer

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