7.3/10
2,327
21 user 19 critic

The Man of the Year (2003)

O Homem do Ano (original title)
Trailer
1:54 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Maiquel has lost a bet and dyed his hair blond. This little event triggers a head-on collision with destiny in which Maiquel goes from nobody to hero to outlaw--all in 24 hours.

Writers:

, (novel)
Reviews
8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ó Paí, Ó (2007)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During the Carnival in the historical site of Pelourinho (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil), we follow the lives of the tenants of a falling-to-pieces tenement house who try to get by using creativity, irony, humor and music.

Director: Monique Gardenberg
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Dira Paes, Wagner Moura
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man and his family travel 3200km (1984 miles) by bicycle, from the State of Paraíba to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in search of a job.

Director: Vicente Amorim
Stars: Wagner Moura, Cláudia Abreu, Ravi Ramos Lacerda
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany
Lower City (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered.

Director: Sérgio Machado
Stars: Alice Braga, Wagner Moura, Lázaro Ramos
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

God is getting tired. So he looks for a saint to take his place for a while.

Director: Carlos Diegues
Stars: Antônio Fagundes, Wagner Moura, Paloma Duarte
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village.

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Fernanda Torres, Wagner Moura, Camila Pitanga
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Renata de Lélis, Sérgio Lulkin
VIPs (2010)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The life of a real conman and one of the biggest frauds in Brazil.

Director: Toniko Melo
Stars: Wagner Moura, Gisele Fróes, Emiliano Ruschel
Carandiru (2003)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Boy tries to help his uncle, guilty of a murder case, to prove his innocence. He thinks the uncle has confessed the crime as a cover-up for his girlfriend, who was the wife of the dead man.... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Darlan Cunha, Sophia Reis, Lázaro Ramos
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Woman uses her three daughters to avenge their father and brothers, killed by a jealous ex-fiancé.

Director: Aluizio Abranches
Stars: Marieta Severo, Júlia Lemmertz, Maria Luísa Mendonça
Brainstorm (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »

Director: Laís Bodanzky
Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Cássia Kis Magro
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Máiquel
Cláudia Abreu ...
Cledir
Natália Lage ...
Érica
Jorge Dória ...
Dr. Carvalho
André Gonçalves ...
Galego
...
Marcão
Perfeito Fortuna ...
Robinson
Paulo Moska ...
Enoque (as Moska)
...
Suel
André Barros ...
Marlênio
Carlo Mossy ...
Delegado Santana
Mariana Ximenes ...
Gabriela
Amir Haddad ...
Gonzaga
José Wilker ...
Sílvio
Agildo Ribeiro ...
Zilmar
Edit

Storyline

In Rio, Máiquel is without prospects. He's philosophical and low-key. When he loses a bet and must dye his hair blond, life changes: he finds new confidence, he asks Cledir, the hairdresser, on a date, and when he's teased by a local tough kid, he murders him. Instead of an arrest, Máiquel's a local hero; the cops look the other way. He and Cledir become lovers, his victim's girlfriend Érica, who's 15, insists that he protect her and moves into his small flat, and job offers come his way from a group of rich men who want to settle scores and get rid of local riff-raff. Where can this business go, and what about the triangle of Cledir, Érica and Máiquel? He just wants to be normal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 August 2003 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

The Man of the Year  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$69,416 (Brazil) (1 August 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Wild at Heart (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Quietly Disturbing Character Study Made with Style
6 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Murilo Benecio is a young Brazilian actor who just keeps turning out fine, solid and very different character roles. As the leading character is this well made film by director Jose Henrique Fonseca from a script written by his father Rubem Fonseca in turn based on the novel 'O Matador' by Patricia Melo, Benecio molds a memorable portrait of a man of low self esteem who is strangely and inadvertently raised to the level of hero in the most bizarre of circumstances.

The setting is Rio de Janiero and Maiquel is a loner looking for an identity. On a bet he decides to have his dark hair bleached by the beautiful beautician Cledir (Claudia Abreu) and finds that as he steps back into his world he is the object of notice. After a cruel teasing by thug Suel (Wagner Moura) he buys a gun and almost unwittingly kills Suel who dies in the arms of his girlfriend Erica (Natalia Lage). Despite Maiquel's fears of his arrest he finds that the neighborhood rewards him for ridding them of a criminal and Maiquel becomes a hero. Not only is he rewarded with gifts (including a pet pig he names Bill after watching Bill Clinton's visit to Brazil on TV!), he is also given free dental work by Dr. Carvalho (Jorge Doria) in exchange for agreeing to kill an enemy of the dentist. More and more people ask Maiquel to whack bad people making Maiguel's new blond persona a hit man and man of the year. How he ultimately begins to spiral downward when his life is complicated by a marriage and family and holding a regular job forces him to initiate his own choices of violence and return to his original hair color to alter his destiny! If the story sounds odd, it is really a depiction of life in the city of Rio where the police are impotent to control the violence that prevails. Maiquel becomes the Robin Hood/Batman type who brings a degree of safety to his community. Wisely Benecio holds our attention and our compassion as he performs his many murders, creating a man in whom we can believe and applaud despite the grim things he does.

The cast is uniformly fine and the cinematography by Breno Silveira and the musical score by Dado Villa-Lobos (an important guitar player, relation to composer Heitor Villa-Lobos unknown!) is classy. This is yet another fine film from Brazil, in Portuguese, and one that deserves wide attention - especially for Murilo Benecio's superb performance. Recommended. Grady Harp


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The music played in the club scene. pvdinthemix
Michael Mann's collateral thexfs
Does anyone know when this film will be released in the US? saltytommy
the ending. help faebeaumont
I need some help!!!!! jadooghar
Máiquel's apartment mtnoboe
Discuss The Man of the Year (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?