Paulo Rocha directed this Portuguese-Brazilian drama which Rocha initially began scripting 30 years ago.
Carolina (Isabel Ruth) marries dredging-boat operator Antonio (Brazilian TV star Lima Duarte), but she soon becomes jealous of Antonio's interest in their goddaughter Melita (Joana Barcia), but both Carolina and Melita fancy gypsy gold salesman Ze of Gold (Joao Cardoso). Passions, jealousy, and long-buried secrets begin to surface.
Folk ballads performed by Portuguese singer Jose Mario Branco. Shown in the A Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.