The Man of the Year (2003 film)

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The Man of the Year
The Man of the Year Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by José Henrique Fonseca
Produced by Jose Henrique Fonseca
Story by Patrícia Melo
Starring Murilo Benício
Cláudia Abreu
Natália Lage
Music by Dado Villa-Lobos
Cinematography Breno Silveira
Edited by Sergio Mekler
Distributed by Film Movement, Warner Home Video
Release dates
August 1, 2003 (2003-08-01)
Running time
113 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

The Man of the Year (Portuguese: O Homem do Ano), is a 2003 Brazilian drama film produced and directed by José Henrique Fonseca. It stars Murilo Benício, Cláudia Abreu, and Natália Lage.[1][2]


Maiquel (Murilo Benício) is a single, ordinary man living in the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio de Janeiro. After losing a soccer bet to his friends, Maiquel must dye his hair blond. This unusual event in his otherwise mundane life, inspires Maiquel to ask his hairdresser, Cledir (Cláudia Abreu) out to a bar where he is confronted and bullied by a local criminal named Suel (Wagner Moura). He decides to settle the matter by subsequently buying a rifle which he uses to shoot and kill Suel the next day. He does so in front of Suel's girlfriend. Instead of reprimanding Maiquel, most everyone in the neighborhood, including the police, are overjoyed that he has killed off this local pest, and show their gratitude with gifts. With the news of Maiquel's rise to heroism, influential locals hire him to kill others for him, turning him into a full-on hitman. Maiquel's once dull life becomes one filled with drugs, sex, wealth, and violence as he gradually becomes detached from his wife and becomes less of the "ordinary man" he once was. This path of destruction leads Maiquel to become an outlaw on the run. The film ends with Maiquel dying his hair black and running from the police, realizing just how much his life has changed.



  1. ^ "The Man of the Year". IMDb. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Man of the Year". San Francisco International Film Festival website. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 

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