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Os Desafinados (2008)

'Slightly Out Of Tune' is about a group of friends who come of age during the political turmoil that plagued Brazil in the 1960's and 70's. Together, these musicians form a band called "Os ... See full summary »


Walter Lima Jr.


Walter Lima Jr. (screenplay & story), Suzana Macedo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodrigo Santoro ... Joaquim (young) / Antonio Goldfaber
Cláudia Abreu Cláudia Abreu ... Glória
Selton Mello ... Dico - young
Alessandra Negrini ... Luiza
Ângelo Paes Leme Ângelo Paes Leme ... Davi - young
Jair Oliveira Jair Oliveira ... Geraldo - young (as Jair de Oliveira)
André Moraes ... Paulo Cesar - young
Genésio de Barros Genésio de Barros ... Davi - old
Antonio Pedro Antonio Pedro ... Paulo César - old (as Antonio Pedro Borges)
Vanessa Gerbelli Vanessa Gerbelli ... Dora
Arthur Kohl Arthur Kohl ... Dico - old
Benê Silva Benê Silva ... Geraldo - old
Renato Borghi Renato Borghi ... Cônsul Carlos José
Michel Bercovitch Michel Bercovitch ... Leon
Ailton Graça ... Smuggler


'Slightly Out Of Tune' is about a group of friends who come of age during the political turmoil that plagued Brazil in the 1960's and 70's. Together, these musicians form a band called "Os Desafinados" and become a part of the groundbreaking Brazilian musical movement called Bossa Nova. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Musical


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Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim & Newton Mendonca
Performed by Branca Lima
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Epically out of tune
22 January 2009 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. A fictional early 1960's Brazillian Bossa Nova band is getting in on the beginning of the the Bossa Nova sound that would soon sweep around the world. They manage to get the attention of music publisher who acquires the North American rights to one of their songs and with their feet slightly in the door of the big time music world they head to New York as a struggling band to try to make the big time. from writer/director Walter Lima Jr. this film sets out promisingly enough but soon loses its way. It becomes a romance story and plods along without any romantic sparkle and as it turns into the mid 1970's the band is back in Brazil as the film continues to aimlessly plod along until it suddenly becomes a political story. Despite a great soundtrack containing portions of some great Brazillian music this film never finds itself and is basically all over the place. It tries to be an epic but is too long and tedious and quickly becomes boring. Being a big fan of Brazillian jazz, Bossa Nova and Samba I was disappointed this and would give it a 6.0 out of 10 and would not recommend it.

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Release Date:

29 August 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Out of Tune See more »

Filming Locations:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil See more »


Box Office


BRL7,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital
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