By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated December 07, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST
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Heleno

type
  • Movie
genre

In Heleno, José Henrique Fonseca’s handsome black-and-white, impressionistic bio-drama goes very Raging Bull-ish, to tell a piece of the story of Heleno de Freitas, a Brazilian soccer star with matinee-idol charisma. He lived wild, played hard, brought sports glory to his country, and died at the age of 39 in 1959, deranged by syphilis. Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo on Lost, Xerxes in 300, and even better, Raúl Castro in Che) is mighty matinee-idol charismatic himself in the title role, alternating between swaggering lady-killer and ravaged victim of self-destruction. B+

Heleno

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 107 minutes
director
  • Jose Henrique Fonseca

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