Emilio Santiago: Bossa Nova

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Overview

Recalling late period films from Francois Truffaut and American 1930s screwball comedies, Bruno Barreto directs this elegant romantic comedy set in Brazil. Mary Ann Simpson Amy Irving is a middle-aged American widow teaching English in Rio de Janeiro. Since her pilot husband died two years previously, Mary Ann has more or less dispensed with any ideas of a second chance at love. When one of her nubile young students mentions that she found her perfect match, Mary Ann insists that one can only meet Mr. Right in ...
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Overview

Recalling late period films from Francois Truffaut and American 1930s screwball comedies, Bruno Barreto directs this elegant romantic comedy set in Brazil. Mary Ann Simpson Amy Irving is a middle-aged American widow teaching English in Rio de Janeiro. Since her pilot husband died two years previously, Mary Ann has more or less dispensed with any ideas of a second chance at love. When one of her nubile young students mentions that she found her perfect match, Mary Ann insists that one can only meet Mr. Right in the flesh. Later, she shares an elevator with suave attorney Pedro Paulo Antonio Fagundes, who is in the throes of a painful transition after his wife Tania Debora Bloch dumped him for a tai chi instructor. Pedro is struck by Mary Ann immediately, and he decides to sign up for one of her classes even though he is thoroughly fluent in English. Meanwhile, soccer ace Acacio Alexandre Borges is struggling through Mary Ann's language classes in order to play for a U.K. team. The good-looking athlete flirts with his teacher for a while, complicating things for Pedro Paulo, before becoming infatuated with Pedro's sexy law clerk. This film was screened at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • UPC: 043396041615
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amy Irving Mary Ann Simpson
Antonio Fagundes Pedro Paulo
Alexandre Borges Acacio
Debora Bloch Tania
Drica Moraes Nadine
Stephen Tobolowsky Trevor
Giovanna Antonelli Sharon
Rogerio Cardoso Vermont
Sérgio Loroza Gordo
Flavio Sao Thiago Pecanha
Alberto de Mendoza Juan
Pedro Cardoso Roberto
Kazuyo Matsui Wan-Kim-Lau
Technical Credits
Bruno Barreto Director, Executive Producer
Cassio Amarante Art Director
Vincente Amorim Asst. Director
Lucy Barreto Producer
Luis Carlos Barreto Producer
Carla Caffe Art Director
Emilia Duncan Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Hubley Editor
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Alexandre Machado Screenwriter
Pascal Rabaud Cinematographer
Georgianne Walken Casting
Fernanda Young Screenwriter
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Delicious romantic comedy

    Bossa Nova, for those who dont know, is a brazilian kind of music. You will listen to a lot of Bossa Nova songs during this movie. It is a great lihght romantic comedy that shows in a fantastic way the search for the perfect ''match'', whether you are searching for it or not. It is worth seeing! For the beautiful shots of Rio de Janeiro and specially for the brilliant way the director conducts this love comedy, using a quick timimg, great sense of humor and excellent actors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't judge a DVD by its cover!

    The scenes on the cover are from a subplot of the story and are not representative of this wonderful movie. The R-rating is mainly based on some scenes where Mary Ann (Amy Irving) teaches Acácio (Alexandre Borges) the kind of expressions which might prove useful in an English soccer match. The movie is, on the whole, a gentle, romantic comedy. The story follows an ensemble cast of truly likeable people, played by wonderfully talented actors, whose lives intertwine with the two main characters, Mary Ann and Pedro Paulo (Antônio Fagundes). The story is predictable and almost everything works out in the end. Besides the great cast, there are 2 other stars of this movie: an idealized Rio where every view is a vista and the soundtrack. Language also plays an important role in the story with people interacting in both English and Portuguese, sometimes changing from sentence to sentence in a scene. It sounds confusing but it all works just beautifully. Get this in DVD; the tape does not do it justice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    Sensual with a Good Storyline

    This movie is interesting for those who enjoy seeing the scenery of Brazil and hearing the Portuguese language. This is a very sensual, yet classy film with an entriguing, yet well-thought-out plot.....It's the kind of new-age romance-comedy film that any age group would like...One thing that is good about this film is that there is enough switchoff between the Portuguese and English, that any group of people can watch it without getting bored...Once I saw it the first time, I couldn't cut it off...it's that great

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