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Bossa Nova (2000)

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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:

Bruno Barreto

Writers:

Alexandre Machado, Sérgio Sant'Anna (story "A Senhorita Simpson") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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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 »
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Country:

Brazil | USA

Language:

Portuguese | English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

26 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bossa Nova et vice versa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,442, 30 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,816,792, 1 October 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
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Postcards from Rio
22 January 2008 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee 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.


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