Shakespeare's tragic love story is given a sweetly romantic, raucously fresh and inventive retelling by Bruno Barreto. Ophthalmologist Romeo is a passionately obsessed fan of the Corinthians football team, and the same goes for his 21-year-old son and his feisty grandmother. While across town, the lovely Juliet lives with her Italian-Brazilian family, and whose father is an equally rabid fan, and president of the fan club, of Palmeiras, the Corinthians' century-old arch rivals. Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. Romeo, desperate to get in good graces with his future father-in-law, decides to hide his affections for his team and fake a love for Palmeiras.