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A man and a woman stand in a Rio de Janeiro bus terminal, crowded with all manner of working class and homeless folk.The man (Harvey Keitel), who fortunately has a little Portuguese, is an actor in Rio to shoot a film.As pop culture denizens will have guessed from its title, "Rio, I Love You" is the latest in the Cities of Love franchise of omnibus films. Each movie in the series follows the same formula – drawing upon the talents of several writer-directors, each working with their own cast of actors. "Quando nao ha Mais Amor," the piece directed by renowned U.S, actor John Turturro, is basically a Brazilian-set actors' studio exercise opposite French actor Vanessa Paradis.Cities of Love hasn't averted its gaze from the erotic possibilities of the vampire tale and "Rio" includes the most entertaining to emerge in the franchise. That said, it's probably worth it for Beirut audiences to spend an evening with "Rio," if only because it will give them a chance to see Labaki's work alongside that of a world of talent.
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