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The 12 Jobs

An intriguing premise soon fizzles in this 2006 Brazilian drama loosely based on the myth of Hercules. In modern Sao Paulo, young ex-con Heracles (Sidney Santiago) lands a job as a bike messenger, but to keep it he must perform all his assigned tasks perfectly on the first day. For someone who's so concerned about not screwing up, he takes a lot of risks, making a drug delivery for another messenger and some unauthorized trips to help a frenzied client and her daughter. Because his actions never seem to carry any consequences, the film fails to build satisfactorily to its climax, a scene so arbitrary it feels like a cheat. Ricardo Elias directed. In Portuguese with subtitles. 90 min.

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