The Man of the Year (O Homem do Ano) (2003)
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If City of God is Brazil's answer to The Godfather, then The Man of the Year is Rio's GoodFellas.
Like a sucker punch to the gut, it's vigorous and direct enough to suggest Fonesca may well be a director to watch.
Os pequenos tropeços morais da história são compensados pelo bom humor dos diálogos e das situações desenvolvidas pelo roteiro.
Audience Reviews for The Man of the Year (O Homem do Ano)
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.
The story starts off very compelling, then becomes less interesting at time goes on. The direction remains skillful throughout.
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.
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