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Heleno (2011)

A biography of the tragic life of one of Brazil's greatest soccer players, Heleno de Freitas.


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Credited cast:
Heleno de Freitas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcelo Adnet
Priscila Assum ...
Othon Bastos ...
Carlito Rocha
Billy Blanco Jr. ...
Team Doctor
Herson Capri
Erom Cordeiro ...
Candido Damm ...
Orã Figueiredo ...
Henrique Juliano ...
Soccer Player
Dr. Souza Lima
Duda Ribeiro ...
Agles Steib ...


The film about Heleno de Freitas (1920/1959) ( Santoro ) , who was one of the greats of Brazilian football . An exceptional player , but very temperamental , while that displayed his enormous talent on the pitch , showed her charm in the evenings locals . Beautiful, elegant and arrogant, and had lived in bohemian affairs constant , drank heavily , took drugs and not cared athletically , living creating controversies club ( Botafogo ) , with colleagues and frictions with opponents . He had a brief stint in Argentina , where trained clothing and outerwear , for not supporting the ice. Produção inspired the book "There was never a man like Heleno " ( title inspired by the movie " Gilda " with Rita Hayworth , who was the pejorative nickname of Heleno ) , the journalist Marcos Eduardo Neves . It is worth mentioning that the film is not about football , goes far beyond this bias , it shows starkly the uncertainties of a celebrity ambiguous and unprepared - Filmed in black and white with ... Written by GabrielJPereira-Artvídeo

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Passion. Decadence. Destruction.


Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for sexuality, drug content and some language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

30 March 2012 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Элено  »

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Superb artistry and acting
10 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

The first time I saw Heleno on DVD, it was disturbing and haunted me for months. By the fourth time, I was able to view it more objectively, specifically to see if there were not enough soccer scenes. The balance of scenes on and off the pitch is about right, but I agree with others that more soccer would be better. The contrast of black and white gave the film an edginess not possible with color. The photographs at the end contributed to the overall balance of emotion. Rodrigo Santoro was unbelievably superb and the actresses, Aline Moraes and Angie Cepeda complemented him well. Would we like to see more of him playing soccer? Sure, in another movie or as an added feature on the Heleno DVD. I recommend all of Santoro's films.

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