Heleno 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… Heleno 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… 2012-12-07 R PT107M Biography Drama Alinne Moraes Rodrigo Santoro Screen Media Films
Movie Review

Heleno (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
MOUNT ST. HELEN-'O' Rodrigo Santoro plays the title character who erupts into fame and the problems it brings
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MOUNT ST. HELEN-'O' Rodrigo Santoro plays the title character who erupts into fame and the problems it brings
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Dec 07, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 107 Minutes; Genres: Biography, Drama; With: Alinne Moraes and Rodrigo Santoro; Distributor: Screen Media Films

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+

Originally posted Dec 05, 2012 Published in issue #1237 Dec 07, 2012 Order article reprints