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Bossa Nova (2000)

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60

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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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

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Alexandre Machado, Fernanda Young

Oct 3, 2000

Sony Pictures Classics

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (8) | DVD (8)

A splashy, slick, tuneful, rigorously old-fashioned romantic comedy.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Some strands play out a little more successfully than others, but Bossa Nova is overall a small, sweet movie steeped in affairs of the heart.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

A breezy confection of Brazilian pop.

March 27, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

... an homage to Truffaut's early romantic comedies buoyed by a soundtrack replete with Jobim tunes

July 31, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

An enchanting testimony to Oscar Wilde's view: love does bring warmth and richness to life.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

[Barreto] finds the right tone for every scene, be it light or heavy, funny or dramatic.

March 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

La cadencia y el romance generado por la propia naturaleza de la música hace de Bossa Nova un romance de altura, de gran madurez y sumamente elegante

March 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

Audience Reviews for Bossa Nova

It's hardly like me to give such good ratings to romantic films, but for anyone who loves Rio and Brazil this must be the quintessential love film. Funny, fast, romantic, wonderful shots of Rio.
February 23, 2006
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