The Best Things in the World

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The Best Things in the World
The Best Things In The World.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Laís Bodanzky
Produced by Laís Bodanzky
Luiz Bolognesi
Written by Luiz Bolognesic
Based on Mano
by Gilberto Dimenstein
Starring Francisco Miguez
Gabriela Rocha
Caio Blat
Denise Fraga
Filipe Kartalian
Cinematography Mauro Pinheiro Jr.
Edited by Daniel Rezende
Gullane Filmes
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • 16 April 2010 (2010-04-16)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese
Budget R$6 million[1]
Box office R$2,257,084[2]

The Best Things In The World (Portuguese: As Melhores Coisas do Mundo) is a 2010 Brazilian coming-of-age drama film based on the book series Mano, by Gilberto Dimenstein and Heloísa Prieto.[3][4] It was directed, written and co-produced by Laís Bodanzky, and stars Francisco Miguez, Gabriela Rocha, Caio Blat, Denise Fraga, and Filipe Kartalian.[5]


The film is set in a middle-class school in São Paulo, and tells the one-month period in the life of Hermano, "Mano". Mano and his brother Pedro lead fun-loving lives until they learn their parents are getting a divorce. The anguish of their parents’ separation becomes more difficult when they discover their father is gay. Deeply affected by the changes at home, Mano must also deal with the challenge of being popular at school, having sex for the first time, the discovery of love and a snooping classmate’s destructive gossip blog. The arrival of adulthood brings with it overwhelming difficulties and a major transformation in the way Mano sees the world.


  • Francisco Miguez as Mano
  • Gabriela Rocha as Carol
  • Caio Blat as Artur
  • Paulo Vilhena as Marcelo
  • Filipe Kartalian as Pedro
  • Gustavo Machado as Gustavo
  • Zé Carlos Machado as Horácio
  • Maria Eugênia Cortez as Bruna
  • Denise Fraga as Camila
  • Anna Sophia Gryschek as Valéria


  1. ^ Abdallah, Aríane (2 June 2010). "Laís Bodanzky". Trip (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2012" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 8. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Best Things in the World". Rome Film Festival. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Best Things in the World". American Film Institute. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  5. ^ ""As Melhores Coisas do Mundo", de Laís Bodanzky, leva 8 troféus no Cine PE". A Tarde. Universo Online. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 

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