Bossa Nova
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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 meet Mr. Right in the flesh. Later, she shares an elevator with suave attorney Pedro Paulo (Antonio… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A splashy, slick, tuneful, rigorously old-fashioned romantic comedy."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"... an homage to Truffaut's early romantic comedies buoyed by a soundtrack replete with Jobim tunes"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"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."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"An enchanting testimony to Oscar Wilde's view: love does bring warmth and richness to life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A breezy confection of Brazilian pop."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"[Barreto] finds the right tone for every scene, be it light or heavy, funny or dramatic."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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