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A widow who teaches English in Rio (Amy Irving) is anonymously courted by one of her students, a lawyer (Antonio Fagundes) who may have to compete for her affection. She isn't sure she's looking for a relationship but gives advice to another student (Drica Moraes), who's fallen for someone she's met on-line. The coincidences that bring some characters together and keep others apart in this romantic comedy are plotted with musical grace, as the story respectfully contrasts the traditionalism and national pride of some of the Brazilian characters with the information-age values of others. Even the experiences of the Internet romancers, who lie about themselves, are shown to be complex instead of merely ironic. Bruno Barreto directed a screenplay by Alexandre Machado and Fernanda Young, based on a novel by Sergio Sant'Anna; with Alexandre Borges, Giovanna Antonelli, Pedro Cardoso, Alberto de Mendoza, and Stephen Tobolowsky. 95 min.

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