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The Man Who Copied (R)

Current Release Date: April 22nd (NYC-Quad Cinema) by TLA Releasing.
The Cast: Lázaro Ramos, Leandra Leal, Luana Piovani, Pedro Cardoso, Carlos Cunha.
In Portuguese with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: A lonely and poor photocopy operator is infatuated by his beautiful neighbor and tries to impress her by making counterfeit money to become rich.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The script is very well-written. It is filled with a lot of genuine humor and warmth. Each character is likeable (except for one) and memorable--which is rare in movies these days. What makes this movie so engaging is that the main character is written with such detail and liveliness Also, the visuals are wonderful and imaginative, such as the hilarious scenes when animation is used to show the action. The plot is engaging, unpredictable, and very refreshing without ever going stale. The acting is also very good.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: A feel-great movie from beginning to end. The choice each character makes is thought-provoking. Even though they end up doing an illegal act, it is amazing how much sympathy the viewer has for them. Because this is a very human comedy/drama, there is a lot of attention to detail that makes each character complex and, therefore, the situations they end up are very touching. The dialogue is consistently smart and witty.


NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: I forgot I even had a watch.

THE BOTTOM LINE: A highly-inventive, genuinely funny and touching movie with a lot of wit, energy, and charismatic, likeable characters. A truly hidden gem--well, hopefully it's not so hidden anymore.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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