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Bossa Nova [VHS] (2000)

Amy Irving , Antônio Fagundes , Bruno Barreto  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amy Irving, Antônio Fagundes, Alexandre Borges, Débora Bloch, Drica Moraes
  • Directors: Bruno Barreto
  • Writers: Alexandre Machado, Fernanda Young, Sérgio Sant'Anna
  • Producers: Bruno Barreto, Jaime A. Schwartz, Lucy Barreto, Luiz Carlos Barreto
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W22A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bossa Nova! January 8, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I am a 42-year old divorcee and divorced for over fourteen years now. I am also a seasoned Marketing Executive who thought she had seen it all. However, this movie made me believe in romance and companionship again. It was one of the most enchanting movies I have seen in a long time. It was also a pleasure to see more "mature" actors(obviously over 30) finding someone and enjoying life. I love all types of films, old, new, drama, action, subtitled, documentaries, you name it.I purchase& rent lots of videos weekly. I am an African-American female, who has always had an interest in Latin, Afro-Cuban & Brazilian music. Brazilian music, (Jobim)in particular, is very relaxing and tranquil. I had seen a film preview of the Amy Irving film and purchased the CD soundtrack. I played it in the car, at work, at home, even let it lull me to sleep at night. Then I found the video for rental. The mature actor with the beautiful gray hair, who feel in love with Amy, was absolutely wonderful. He was so inviting and believable. One of the most tender moments in the film was the time he spent with his father, when he selected and cut the fabric for Amy's blouse. Many Americans shy away from subtitled films, and have no patience with them. But, Americans need to take the time to watch more international film work. I have a much greater appreciation for other cultures, outside the US, because of the time spent watching foreign films. In fact, the English words are just a small part of it. I find I am more observant and watch the actors much more intently. Facial expressions and mannerisms mean so much more, because the abbreviated words don't say enough. There are not enough words to say how much this film has impacted my life. Who has not thought about running off to Rio, and floating in the warm, salty sea at dawn.........Thank you Amy!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charm and Beauty of Rio and Bossa October 11, 2001
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"Bossa Nova" is the perfect marriage between American and Brazilian culture!
As a Brazilian and a Carioca ( a native of Rio ) , I was very pleased to see my hometown in this film portrayed in all its natural beauty and charm - and with the marvellous, sensual and relaxing music of Tom Jobim in the background!
The movie itself is light and funny; the photography is splendid and the characters are so typical of Brazilian culture and reality ! - (the ignorant soccer player celebrity , the elegant, worldly Ipanema woman..., the middle class romantic/naive internet girl...., the charming , successful lawyer... - and the English teacher!
(As an English teacher myself living in this city , I can assure you I run into such people in my classes and social outings quite often ! )

One of the most romantic scenes is the one in the classroom where Fagundes imagines himself dancing a Broadway show with his English teacher , Amy.
And at the very last one, when the romantic couple goes swimming in Ipanema Beach, the background music ( a Bossa Nova "classic" )- "It could only happen to you" sung both in English and Portuguese is the perfect combination of the two cultures and the romance between the main characters. It makes one feel free, happy and romantic - just like Bossa Nova itself!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN! FUN! FUN! and FUNNY! July 9, 2001
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If you like off beat comedies with an international flavor, you'll love this movie. I saw it three times in one week and it kept me laughing.
Mary Ann is an American widow teaching English in Rio de Janeiro. She rediscovers love with Pedro Paulo, a Brazilian lawyer. Although their love story is at the center of this film, the other characters that are intertwined in the plot make BOSSA NOVA worthy of its namesake. Like the musical genre, the movie has many layers: at the forefront, it is very sweet and simple and underneath, there is a variety of sounds and rhythms that lends it its complexity. And when its all over, it just leaves you with a wonderful free feeling. I especially enjoyed the comedy between Acacio, the soccer star and his sidekick/manager Gordo. Just hearing them trying to speak words in English, the good ones and the bad ones, with their thick Brazilian accent is worth the 20 bucks. Yet as a lover of real bossa nova, I gotta say the soundtrack is pretty weak with only modern covers of great bossa nova classics. But all in all, this is a great film and you should buy a copy of it now because you'll definately be watching it more than once.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars little gems December 8, 2004
This was a film that was in Theaters for about two minutes and then found its way to VHS/DVD. Finally. It is truly an under-rated romantic comedy that I have found (because I seem to make everyone I know watch this) to appeal to many different people of many different ages. It isn't the most original film in the world but it is well-made. Aspects of the story are like a screw-ball comedy from the thirties and other times it is a little melancholy with the right touch of longing and it addresses that oh so universal theme of trying to find that 'someone'.

It is just a simple story of two lonely people trying to meet and each time there are distractions of other people trying to meet as well and facing dreary sides of potential love.

The soundtrack matches many of the moments of film perfectly; right down to the lyrics being sung in particular scene where two of the characters meet at the most inopportune moment.

It is obvious to see why the director dedicated the film to Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim and Francois Truffaut. The inspirations from both artists are apparent and it seems like this is a Valentine to both the men and to the director's wife (the lead character) Amy Irving.

This is a film that isn't going to bring out any new surprises or insights into the human psyche. It is a small little snap-shot of a lovely moment.

"Bossa Nova" is like the genre of music. Swingy, breezy, casual, sensual and delightful.
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Published 4 months ago by needingknittles
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally got this movie!
Saw this once when it was in theatres back in 2000 and could never afford a copy on VHS or DVD. Being a foreign film, sellers always asked outrageous amounts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Emily's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS a Very Nice movie.
Recently I have gotten into Brazilian music and ENJOY it A LOT. So scanning related subject material I ran across this movie and purchased it. WOW!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. R. R. Dartt
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me want to live in Brazil
Saw this movie on cable, and just had to have it. I liked it so much I even bought the soundtrack, and liked that too.
Published 10 months ago by Vincente Vega
5.0 out of 5 stars Good watching
Have been wanting to get this for awhile as I liked the theme and enjoyed the dialogue albeit with some strong language especially translated . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paciugone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie. I rented it once and then decided I had to add this to my dvd librbary. I reall like the music-in fact I bought the CD of it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by donut girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
Beautiful story, city and characters. The music carries you through but it does not use it as a vehicle. Each stands by itself. Read more
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