6.5/10
1,556
29 user 31 critic

Bossa Nova (2000)

Trailer
1:57 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Rio lawyer Pedro Paulo is recently separated from his travel agent wife Tania. His office has taken on an energetic new intern, Sharon. Pedro Paulo is working on a divorce case - his own ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (story "A Senhorita Simpson") | 1 more credit »
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a small city of Brazil, Flor (a very good looking woman) marries Vadinho, a very handsome and erotic man. Once married she finds he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking to ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Sonia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres
Gabriela (1983)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1925, Gabriela becomes cook, mistress, and then wife of Nacib, a bar owner in a small Brazilian coastal town runs by the local colonels. Nacib becomes tired of Gabriela's uneducated ways... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Sonia Braga, Marcello Mastroianni, Antonio Cantafora
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A hot blooded Spanish princess plots to conquer her enemies and become queen.

Director: Carla Camurati
Stars: Marieta Severo, Antonio Abujamra, Thales Pan Chacon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Diegues
Stars: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Fábio Jr.
Last Stop 174 (2008)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro that occurred on June 12, 2000.

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Michel Gomes, Cris Vianna, Marcello Melo Junior
O Quatrilho (1995)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two couples of Italian immigrants are part of a game that leads to treason and brings serious consequences to those who lose.

Director: Fábio Barreto
Stars: Fábio Barreto, Julia Barreto, Mariana Pellegrino Barreto
House of Sand (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it.

Director: Andrucha Waddington
Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres, Ruy Guerra
Brainstorm (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »

Director: Laís Bodanzky
Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Cássia Kis Magro
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of Brazilian popular singer Luiz Gonzaga and his son Gonzaguinha.

Director: Breno Silveira
Stars: Adélio Lima, Chambinho do Acordeon, Land Vieira
In Therapy (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In Rio de Janeiro, the forty-something year old, Mercedes, goes to the psychoanalyst and tells the story of her life - from a child who lost her mother. Over three years of analysis, her ... See full summary »

Director: José Alvarenga Jr.
Stars: Lília Cabral, José Mayer, Reynaldo Gianecchini
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

God is getting tired. So he looks for a saint to take his place for a while.

Director: Carlos Diegues
Stars: Antônio Fagundes, Wagner Moura, Paloma Duarte
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mary Ann Simpson
Antônio Fagundes ...
Pedro Paulo
Alexandre Borges ...
Acácio
Débora Bloch ...
Tânia
Drica Moraes ...
Nadine
...
Sharon
Rogério Cardoso ...
Vermont
Serjão Loroza ...
Gordo (as Sérgio Loroza)
Flávio São Thiago ...
Peçanha
Alberto de Mendoza ...
Juan
Pedro Cardoso ...
Roberto
...
Trevor
Kazuo Matsui ...
Wan-Kim-Lau
Cássia Linhares ...
Reporter
Kate Lyra ...
English School Receptionist
Edit

Storyline

Rio lawyer Pedro Paulo is recently separated from his travel agent wife Tania. His office has taken on an energetic new intern, Sharon. Pedro Paulo is working on a divorce case - his own father's... Mary Ann is an English language teacher living in Rio. Her friend Nadine has been having an Internet romance with Gary, a SoHo artist. Nadine decides to visit Gary in New York; she books her flight through Tania... Soccer star Acacio is going to play for a team in England. He has been taking private lessons with Mary Ann. Is he reading too much into the word "private"? Pedro Paulo catches a glimpse of Mary Ann and decides he should study English again... Acacio needs some legal help with his new contract. He goes to Pedro Paulo's office, but the only one in is Sharon... Written by David Carless

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The difference between "amor" and "love".

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

26 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bossa Nova et vice versa  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$22,442 (USA) (28 April 2000)

Gross:

$1,816,792 (USA) (29 September 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Suddenly
Written by Norman Gimbel & Eumir Deodato
Performed by Claudia Acuña
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Postcards from Rio
22 January 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Most Brazilians complain that Brazilian movies only show the poverty and the arid landscapes of Northeast Brazil. I particularly think that we shouldn't conceal the sad reality of so many places in Brazil, and films like "Central Station" and "City of God" are brilliant in their own right. But we can't deny that there should be more Brazilian movies out there showing all the beauty from this country, and "Bossa Nova" is one of those rare movies.

Director Bruno Barreto ("Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands") doesn't try to start a socio-political speech here. He cast his own wife Amy Irving as a charming American lady who teaches English in Rio, and falls in love with one of her students, a lawyer played by mature leading man Antonio Fagundes. Barreto's intention was to make a romantic comedy in Rio de Janeiro, dedicated to/inspired by Tom Jobim and François Truffaut. Not an art-house flick, not an Oscar movie. Just an enjoyable love story with great music and beautiful landscapes. And he succeeded. Far from being a masterpiece, "Bossa Nova" is a lovely film that should be seen by anyone who'd like to spend some pleasant 95 minutes, watching a not so popular (at least, not as it should be) side of this unique country. 7.5/10.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
different song question! mwilk8mk
Great Romantic Movie!!! ohomen171
Any of the Brasilian Stars Speak English here? Emmjewels
What is the poem she recited in class? Rheli
Discuss Bossa Nova (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?