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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

Gross USA:

$1,823,297

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,069,261
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
Written by Gene Lees & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performed by Stan Getz
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Made me want to take off my sandals and stroll on the beach
26 September 2000 | by SwangirlSee all my reviews

Let's be honest. Bossa Nova is not a heavy weight film. Nor does it pretend to be. That's its core charm. A bit frothy, yes, but leaves a sweet aftertaste that happily lingers for days.

I hadn't seen Amy Irving (Mary Ann) in quite a while and was glad to see her in this film. Her timid interplay with Faguendes (Pedro Paul) was sweet and touching. I enjoyed watching their love story unfold. Faguendes is obviously a well-known, beloved actor in his home country. It's the first time I've seen his work and I can see why he's so popular.

But there's plenty more to take note of. Watching Faguendes' family ties nearly unravel is almost heartbreaking at times. To see three generations is almost unheard of in today's movies. I was pleased to see it.

The other subplots are equally fun. The soon-to-be exported Brazilian soccer player's quest to learn how to curse in English is hilarious. And watching the girl dream of her online "boyfriend" is something many of us can relate to. Not to mention the soulful longing of the young man (Pedro Paul's son)who wants her but isn't brave enough to state his case.

All this plays out against an almost idyllic backdrop of sand dunes, towering mountains, charming cafes and crashing surf. Sure, it may not be the entire face of Rio but would you want to see the sewers in New York City? I doubt it. I've never been to Rio but this movie had me dreamily considering it.

Jobim's music, by the way, is the perfect choice. Like sunlight on water...


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