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The Man of the Year (2003)

O Homem do Ano (original title)
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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.

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Rubem Fonseca, Patrícia Melo (novel)
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Cast

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

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1 August 2003 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man of the Year See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$69,416 (Brazil), 1 August 2003, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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At the end of the film, when Máiquel dyes his hair to its normal black color, he does so without wearing gloves. In real life this would turn his hands black as well and be a dead giveaway, but after Máiquel uses the dye his hands look normal. See more »

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Very deep, very well done... and very real!
21 May 2004 | by pmiranda-3See all my reviews

I started to see Brazilian movies a few years ago. And after «City of God», and the mini-series «Cidade dos Homens» («City of Men»), I was really expecting to see another movie about criminality, but outside the «favelas». Man of The Year, was the best picture on this subject, and together with «City of God» we can have a real perspective on the Brazilian crime scene.

The movie was really well directed, the script and the story were great and very original, and the photography and angles were very well done. The actors were Great ! as the Brazilian cast have already teach us on prior movies... They promise a lot !

It's a common story, about how everything started to an Hit-man... and it all make sense and happen in a so natural way... It's like the destiny was already written.

I specially enjoyed the end of the movie, because I was really expecting the «usual» bad ending on a movie like this... But the director give us a chance...

I gave a 9 out of 10 to this picture and I'm already waiting for the next Brazilian movie on this thematics.

Great Movie !


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