Carlos Diegues – Joanna Francesa (1975)

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From the BFI:

São Paulo, 1930. Joanna (Jeanne Moreau), the French madam of a brothel, has to decide whether to return to Europe with her friend the consul, or go to live with the owner of a sugar plantation. She decides on the latter, but he retreats further into alcoholism and madness. She is left alone after he and most of his family have died.
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