- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 6, 2000
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Portuguese
- Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - English
- Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 - Portuguese
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Bruno Barreto - Director, Amy Irving - Star
- Deleted Scene with Commentary
- Isolated Audio Track: Music Score
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
"...A delightfully amusing romantic roundelay....Acting is aces across the board..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/19/2000
"...Sexy....A bouquet to [Irving]..." -- Rating:B
Box Office - 05/01/2000
"...As delightful as a Rio de Janeiro sea breeze....BOSSA NOVA sashays and beckons to all those who think that love has passed them by, encouraging them to get out there and, well, keep dancing..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/12/2000
"...Barreto has directed with his usual skill..."
A charming romantic comedy about finding love when you've finally given up on the concept. Irving plays Mary Ann, an American English teacher in Rio de Janeiro who is grieving the loss of her husband. Fagundes is Pedro Paulo, a Brazilian lawyer who can't seem to find the right woman. As the two struggle to cope with their loneliness and depression, they meet on a whim. To their surprise, romance enters the picture.
This movie was adapted from a novel by Brazilian author Sergio Sant'anna. Set in Rio de Janeiro, it is mostly in Portuguese, with conversations involving American characters occasionally rendered in English. Amy Irving plays Mary Ann Simpson, an American expatriate who has been teaching English classes at a private school in Rio ever since her husband died in a tragic accident. Lawyer Pedro Paulo (Antonio Fagundes) has just been left by his wife, and becomes enamored of Mary Ann after a chance meeting. He spontaneously decides to court her by signing up for one of her courses. These two, along with several of Mary Ann's other students, Pedro's brother, his ex-wife, and a vivacious young law intern, become entangled in an extensive web of romantic attachments and disappointments, and only at the very end of the movie do we find out who ultimately ends up with whom.
It was director Bruno Barreto's intention to present viewers with an unconventional take on romantic comedy by focusing on average, middle-aged protagonists instead of showcasing the young and the beautiful. His cinematic vision of Rio, however, entices with breathtaking scenery and the compelling sounds of Antonio Carlso Jobim's bossa nova standards wafting through the air.
Love Affairs |
Romantic Comedy |
- Theatrical release date: April 28, 2000
- Filmed on location in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Opening night selection at the 2000 Miami Film Festival
- Official selection at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival
- Bruno Barreto directs his wife, Amy Irving, for the third time in BOSSA NOVA (they first worked together on A SHOW OF FORCE (1990), followed by CARRIED AWAY (1996).
- Barreto dedicated this film to François Truffaut (the filmmaker he most admires) and acclaimed bossa nova musician / composer Tom Jobim (a personal friend).