Firmly rooted in the tradition of music bios, but with such a unique subject it transcends the genre, veteran Miguel Faria Jr.’s salute to the great Brazilian composer Vinicius de Moraes (1913-1980) is something more than a listing of triumphs pre- and post- “The Girl from Ipanema.” The pantheon of Brazilian music, from Caetano Veloso to Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil, parade through a carnival of sassy, innovative tunes that have become evergreens, recounting stories about Vinicius as musician, poet, diplomat and lover of nine wives. This rich-looking production, which seems made for ancillary, should sing a lucrative song.
Spending, drinking and marrying wife after wife, Vinicius wrote plays, poems and the music and lyrics to 400 ground-breaking songs, all the while carrying on a diplomatic career until kicked out by the dictatorship in 1969. Working alongside Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto, he created the Bossa Nova; later he paired with Toquinho, Tom Jobim and other lights. Personal commentary is heard from his daughter and film’s producer, Susana de Moraes. Actors Camila Morgado and Ricardo Blat provide a pretty frame, reciting Vinicius’ poetry (he published 12 books of it).