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The Man Who Copied Review


Good
You want some of that Amelie flavor!? You got it! While Lázaro Ramos is no Audrey Tautou, this little Brazilian film has enough heart to make most hopeless romantics weep with joy.

The title isn't art-house pretentiousness, it's literal: This is a movie about a man named André (Ramos) who runs a copy machine. He lusts after his panty-less co-worker, but he's in love with the young girl who lives across the way from his apartment. He stares at her through his telescope every evening, and finally gets up the courage to go visit her at the clothing store where she works.

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Four Days In September Review


OK
The story may be true, but that doesn't make this tale of four hapless Brazilians who kidnapped the American ambassador in 1969 any better. While the picture wants desperately to be a true version of The Crying Game it isn't much more competent than an installment of The Bad News Bears. Amazingly, the complete idiocy of the young revolutionaries who kidnap the ambassador (Alan Arkin) is matched only by that of the law enforcement officials who try to save him. Dreadfully boring, poorly paced, and acted lackadaisically. Definitely a miss.

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Bossa Nova Review


Weak
It's a love octagon (I think) in the Brazilian romantic comedy Bossa Nova, though the appearance of two English speakers (Amy Irving stars, Stephen Tobolowsky has a welcome supporting role) makes you wonder how this film ever got put together. Irving in fact plays a widowed teacher of English to the adults of Rio de Janiero, somehow drawing the romantic gaze of at least two locals. Never mind that each character also has another love interest, and they have two love interests, and they have two love interests... and so on. The story isn't so much confusing as it is implausible, but I suppose that's what romance is all about. Skip the story and just gawk at the scenery in Rio.
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