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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The Raise and Redemption of a Drug-Dealer - The Most Positive Story I Have Recently Seen
In the 90's, In Rio de Janeiro, the middle-class João Guilherme Estrella (Selton Mello) is introduced to the world of drugs consuming marijuana and cocaine first and later becoming a drug-dealer with many connections inclusive in Europe. However, he spends all the money he makes in his addiction, parties with clients and friends and travels, never structuring or organizing a network or saving money. When he is arrested, he is sent to the prison first and later to the judicial asylum for treatment, reintegrating to the society. Presently João is a successful musical producer.
"Meu Nome Não É Johnny" depicts the raise and redemption of a drug-dealer in the most positive story I have recently seen. The dynamic narrative discloses the true story in a wonderful combination of drama and comedy, with the excellent Selton Mello in the lead role. The dialogs are intelligent, the corruption of police is slightly disclosed but the screenplay never goes deeper in the connections of João Guilherme who are the suppliers or the users, for example, are totally forgotten. Have they helped Johnny later? In the prison, the relationship of João Guilherme and the criminals are also not very clear. However, the objective of the movie is achieved and I personally loved the message of the possibility of recovering of a doomed person. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Meu Nome Não É Johnny" ("My Name Is not Johnny")
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