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 would threaten his career. Featuring a awards-caliber performance by Rodrigo Santoro (300, What to Expect When You're Expecting), Heleno depicts the thrilling life of the world's first sports superstar.
- Jose Henrique Fonseca
- Rodrigo Santoro, Angie Cepeda, Aline Moraes
Equal parts temper and tenderness, lust and incaution, "Heleno" is short on specifics but long on impression.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 12.06.2012
Jose 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.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 12.05.2012
You're stuck daydreaming about a far, far better movie.Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, 12.04.2012
What you get instead of soccer is almost two hours of late-stage syphilis.Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, 12.06.2012