Heleno (2012)

Gifted with incredible athletic talent, Brazilian-born Heleno de Freitas conquered the soccer world in the 1940s. As his fame and fortune grew to new heights, his passion for a decadent life of women and nightclubs threatened his career.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 7, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2013
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

There's just so much one can care about this star athlete and his self-destructive journey.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Todd Jorgenson

The script rarely digs beneath the surface of its intriguing subject.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

What you get instead of soccer is almost two hours of late-stage syphilis.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

You're stuck daydreaming about a far, far better movie.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A shallow glimpse into the life of Heleno de Freitas that's anchored by breathtaking black-and-white cinematography and a bravura, raw performance by Rodrigo Santoro. It ultimately nourishes your heart more than your mind.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Equal parts temper and tenderness, lust and incaution, "Heleno" is short on specifics but long on impression.

Sam Adams
Time Out

From its flash-forward framing sequence to its glossy black and white images, the film emulates Raging Bull in nearly every particular, while failing to capture even a sliver of that tortured-soul sports-movie's insight or visceral power.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Heleno might have been stronger by better avoiding the clichés of its genre-yet there are still benefits to this stylish work.

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