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The Man of the Year (O Homem do Ano) (2003)

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A cinematic study of the bleak realities of modern day Brazil, O Homen do Ano (aka Man of the Year) follows the brooding Máiquel (Murilo Benicio) as he discovers that the smallest changes in life can make the biggest differences. Jobless and insecure to the point where he can't even face himself in the mirror, a terrified Máiquel enters a salon to have his hair died platinum blond after losing a soccer bet to a friend. His new look supplying an unexpected jolt of confidence, Máiquel asks Cledir (Claudia Abreu), the salon employee who died his hair, to join him at the bar in celebration. Taunted by local bully Suel upon arrival at the bar, Máiquel decides to settle the matter by purchasing a rifle and shooting down the loudmouthed Suel in the presence of Suel's young girlfriend (Natalia Lage). Unexpectedly hailed as a hero by his neighbors and the police, Suel's girlfriend subsequently approaches Máiquel and claims that since he killed Suel, it is now Miquel's responsibility to care for her. Simultaneously learning that Cledir is pregnant and anticipating a marriage proposal, Miquel's newfound reputation soon catches up to him as the dubious requests of influential locals begin to take their toll on him. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
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Jorge Dória
as Dr. Carvalho
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Critic Reviews for The Man of the Year (O Homem do Ano)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If City of God is Brazil's answer to The Godfather, then The Man of the Year is Rio's GoodFellas.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Arizona Daily Star

'A remarkably assured first film'

Full Review… | August 29, 2003
Teletext

Like a sucker punch to the gut, it's vigorous and direct enough to suggest Fonesca may well be a director to watch.

Full Review… | August 27, 2003
BBC.com

Os pequenos tropeços morais da história são compensados pelo bom humor dos diálogos e das situações desenvolvidas pelo roteiro.

July 29, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Full Review… | October 28, 2003
ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for The Man of the Year (O Homem do Ano)

½

Interesting up to the point where it becomes like every crime film, "when everything is great and then it all turns to shit moment". I found it interesting that Maiquel was a complete psychopath.

Doctor0Quinzel
Marion Ravenwood

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½

The story starts off very compelling, then becomes less interesting at time goes on. The direction remains skillful throughout.

½

A suspenseful, consistently interesting new film from Brazil, set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, with its nagging crime problem, and stylishly shot by Fonseca. It presents throughout the P.O.V. of its protagonist, Máiquel, who reminds me of Meursault, the protagonist of the Camus novel The Stranger--someone so lacking in emotion or conscience I can't much sympathize with or even understand him. This Máiquel is set up to lead a good, solid normal life with a total babe, Cledir (Claudia Abreu)...yet instead allows himself to be manipulated into becoming a professional hit-man, and in having an affair with the less worthy young girlfriend (Natalia Lage) of one of the thugs he's killed.

Hal
Hal Morris

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