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O HOMEM QUE COPIAVA/THE MAN WHO COPIED

Brazilian writer/director Jorge Furtado comes off as an original ó at the outset anyway ó with this kinetic portrayal of a disaffected young photocopier operator. In relentless voiceover, André (Lázaro Ramos) recounts mind-numbing days of button pushing and lonely nights spent drawing an autobiographical comic that in amusing detours springs to animated life. For fun, he spies Rear WindowĖstyle on a cute neighbor (Leandra Leal), and that soon sparks a relationship. But love further drains his wallet, and the desperate copy jockey transforms his job into a more lucrative pursuit: counterfeiting money. Thatís when the film goes emotionally broke, swapping its wry social commentary about Brazilís working poor for a ludicrous, half-baked caper plot. Only the lively performances of Luana Piovani as Andréís voluptuous, virginal co-worker and Pedro Cardoso as a junk dealer salivating for deflowering honors sustain Homemís initial energy. Try as he might, Furtado canít duplicate the first halfís charms.

BY ALICIA POTTER

Issue Date: June 24 - 30, 2005
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