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Watch: Rodrigo Santoro Plays a Sexy Classic Soccer Star Unraveled in Brazilian Biopic 'Heleno' (VIDEO)

By Chris Pomorski | Indiewire November 13, 2012 at 1:20PM

The new trailer for director Jose Henrique Fonseca's "Heleno," a biopic on 1940s Brazilian soccer star Heleno de Freitas, gives us the film's entire arc. Glamorous in black and white, with cigarettes and sunglasses on the beach in the teaser's opening, Heleno (Rodrigo Santoro) appears near-invincible. With hardly anything in mind but "goals, little waists and Cadillacs," he acquires all three in reckless bad boy style, alienating coaches and teammates in the process. It is not to last. As Heleno's devotion to the high life erodes his athletic gifts, the film's shadows turn grim, and we watch him deteriorate in bouts of drunkenness, violence and jealousy. Though the trailer leaves us with little doubt as to the film's shape, it remains alluring in its promise of a familiar cautionary tale that goes so often ignored. "Heleno" comes out in New York on December 7.
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Rodrigo Santoro in "Heleno"
Rodrigo Santoro in "Heleno"

The new trailer for director Jose Henrique Fonseca's "Heleno," a biopic on 1940s Brazilian soccer star Heleno de Freitas, gives us the film's entire arc. Glamorous in black and white, with cigarettes and sunglasses on the beach in the teaser's opening, Heleno (Rodrigo Santoro) appears near-invincible. With hardly anything in mind but "goals, little waists and Cadillacs," he acquires all three in reckless bad boy style, alienating coaches and teammates in the process.

It is not to last. As Heleno's devotion to the high life erodes his athletic gifts, the film's shadows turn grim, and we watch him deteriorate in bouts of drunkenness, violence and jealousy. Though the trailer leaves us with little doubt as to the film's shape, it remains alluring in its promise of a familiar cautionary tale that goes so often ignored.

"Heleno" comes out in New York on December 7.  
 

This article is related to: Trailers, Heleno, Rodrigo Santoro, José Henrique Fonseca