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The Man of the Year

Jose Henrique Fonseca's 2002 feature debut is a blackly comic riff on the notion that blonds have more fun. Maiguel, an unemployed Brazilian, is obliged to bleach his hair after losing a sports bet. When a local punk makes fun of his new look, Maiguel kills him. Instead of being prosecuted as a murderer, he's hailed as a vigilante hero and winds up a celebrity hit man. Arguably, Fonseca is saying something about violence in Brazilian society; unfortunately he lets the film devolve into a threadbare imitation of Tarantino. In Portuguese with subtitles. 113 min.

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