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The Man Who Copied (2003)

O Homem Que Copiava (original title)
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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 »

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Jorge Furtado

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Jorge Furtado (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lázaro Ramos ... André
Renata de Lélis Renata de Lélis ... Caixa do supermercado #1
Sérgio Lulkin Sérgio Lulkin ... Gerente do supermercado #1
Heitor Schmidt Heitor Schmidt ... Seu Gomide Bolha
Janaína Kremer Motta Janaína Kremer Motta ... Dona Maria Bolha (as Janaina Kremer Mota)
Gregory Garcia Gregory Garcia ... Guigo Bolhinha
Sheron Menezzes Sheron Menezzes ... Guria esperta (as Sheron Menezes)
Carlos Cunha Carlos Cunha ... Antunes (as Carlos Cunha Filho)
Leandra Leal Leandra Leal ... Sílvia
Giovana Fázio Giovana Fázio ... Guria do soneto
Luana Piovani Luana Piovani ... Marinês
Marcelo Aquino Marcelo Aquino ... Namorado alemão
Roger Oliveira Roger Oliveira ... André criança
Pedro Furtado Pedro Furtado ... Mairoldi (voice)
Tereza Teixeira Tereza Teixeira ... Mãe de André
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Storyline

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 she works in a clothing shop. He works in a xerox place and makes a copy of a brand new 50 real bill in order to buy a dress from her store. This becomes a vice and he begins to photocopy more and more money, until it gets out of control. However, things begin to go wrong when he decides that photocopying is not the only way to make money... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

13 June 2003 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Copied See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$286,536 (Brazil), 13 June 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,244, 24 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,573, 17 July 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pedro Furtado, actor and son of the director Jorge Furtado, is on the bus that André and Cardoso hop in after the robbery. See more »

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Concerto for 2 violins and orchestra, BWV 1043 (3rd movement, allegro)
Johann Sebastian Bach
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One of the most upbeat and inventive foreign films of the year!
27 February 2006 | by patrick-319See all my reviews

The Man Who Copied tells the story of a young adult attempting to break himself free from the life that society and fate has drawn for him. Andre, the protagonist, is a 19 year old Brazilian, toiling as a "photocopy operator," while pursuing his hobby – comic illustration, and a love he is not sure he can realize. The film is filled with quaint analogies of "art imitating life" and vice versa, and portrays the exterior world and the personalities that inhabit it as illustrated avatars, behind which lurk unexpected and surprising motives, dreams, and desires. It IS very similar to the film "Amelie" in this aspect. The film is a painting depicting the many shades of truth, and shows the absurdity of preconception and expectation. It is bright, uplifting, and full of exciting plot twists that will keep the viewer glued to the screen until the very end (although it starts a bit slowly).

The director uses cinematic technique to portray a fragmented world—that of Andre's existence, (as well as that of contemporary Brazil, as a whole) and attempts to scrutinize the minutiae of daily life in order to distill its essence and produce a vision of WHY we go about mundane and mechanical daily tasks, and how easily one can get caught up in a web of deception and false pretense. The photography is excellent, combining the brightness and color of South America with cutting edge editing and camera technique.

The film is also a subtle social commentary on the state of modern Brazil, illustrating the drastic economic disparity between the wealthy social elite and the pedestrian worker, yet stressing the fact that one can cross over to the other side with greater ease as technology and years advance. "The Man Who Copied" documents a class of people who live a short, but dramatically visible step above those portrayed in "City Of God," and really succeeds in drawing us into the mindset and dreams of the characters. This is a "coming of age" story, not just for its central characters, but for Brazil itself.

If you enjoy this film, I strongly suggest that you check out "City Of God," "Nine Queens," and "Amelie." All of them are foreign films (two from South America) and all share some unique common thread with this film. Highly Recommended!


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