The Book of Delights

Directed by Marcela Lordy
Film Movement
100 Minutes
Brazil, Argentina
Drama, Erotic
Women Directors, Women's Studies, Brazil, Latinx Studies, Sex & Sexuality, Literature
Not Rated
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Lóri (Simone Spoladore), a free-spirited elementary school teacher living on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, leads a sexually independent life filled with eroticism and devoid of commitment. When Ulisses (Javier Drolas), a headstrong philosophy professor, suddenly enters the equation, it sparks an unexpected change in Lóri, inspiring her to break through her emotional barriers and explore something lasting.

An "odyssey into erotic self-discovery and existential desire" (The New York Times), Marcela Lordy's THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS is a free adaptation of "An Apprenticeship or the Book of Delights" by Clarice Lispector, one of Brazil’s most acclaimed and influential writers. The film had its world premiere at the São Paulo International Film Festival and went on to receive Special Mention and Best Performance (Simone Spoladore) prizes at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.

"The Book of Delights is a beautiful treatise on pleasure and relationship, one that makes demands of the growth of its characters but doesn’t box them into societal expectations. Freedom does take shape for Lóri—and it looks like both the passionate and the mundane. Highly recommended for public libraries, especially for patrons interested in international films, dramas, and romance." - Video Librarian


  • Simone Spoladore
  • Javier Drolas
  • Felipe Rocha
  • Gabriel Stauffer
  • Martha Nowill
  • Highest Rating
    "Maintains the mature perspective that Lispector brought to her writing... portraying relationships as a matter of serious consideration."
    Teo Bugbee, The New York Times
  • Highest Rating
    "***** (5 stars) Lóri is played by Simone Spoladore , in an exceptional interpretation. Impossible to think of a better actress for the role. "
    Lucia Monteiro, Folha de Sao Paolo
  • Highest Rating
    "Lori's hesitations, always on the verge of giving up on herself, her difficulty in dealing with the pain of existing, all this is visually translated in a remarkable way. In short, a work that worthily celebrates the centenary of Clarice Lispector."
    Jose Geraldo Couto,


Awards & Recognition

Best Actress
Special Mention - Feature Film
Official Selection
São Paulo Int'l. Film Festival