• Released
  • December 7, 2012
  • R , 1 hr 57 min
  • Documentary
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Heleno Synopsis
Personal demons threaten to destroy Brazilian soccer great Heleno de Freitas (Rodrigo Santoro).
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Rodrigo Santoro (Paulo on Lost, Xerxes in 300, and even better, Raúl Castro in Che) is mighty matinee-idol charismatic himself in the title...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Though powerfully acted and dazzlingly shot (by Walter Carvalho) in heavenly black and white, Heleno is a feverish opera that, like its...
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Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
That's not to say Heleno, with its magnetic energy, sensual re-creation of 1940s and '50s Brazil and bold storytelling lacks punch; the...
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The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
The movie is basically The Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Mad Man, but don't be shocked if you find yourself asking just what art he was...
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Slant Magazine

The film hints at a kicky, impressionistic style that director José Henrique Fonseca never effectively employs to actually communicate...
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Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
You're stuck daydreaming about a far, far better movie.
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
What you get instead of soccer is almost two hours of late-stage syphilis.
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Time Out New York

From its flash-forward framing sequence to its glossy black and white images, the film emulates "Raging Bull" in nearly every particular,...
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Rated R | For Drug Content, Some Language and Sexuality