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Real Stories of a Liar

A fun diversion that should play well on the smallscreen.

Cast:
With: Marcelo Nascimento da Rocha, Joselia Nascimento da Rocha, Cynthia Nascimento da Rocha, Mauricio Cesar, Ricardo Horn, Paulo Cordeiro, Ricardo Macchi, Ed Sa, Amaury Junior, Maria Paula.

He’s billed as one of the most successful con men of our time: Marcelo Nascimento da Rocha isn’t the type to turn heads, but as chronicled in Mariana Caltabiano’s amusing docu “Real Stories of a Liar,” the guy has a knack for making people believe what they want to believe. Caltabiano doesn’t hide an incredulous engagement with her protag — also the subject of Toniko Melo’s feature “VIPs” — and she fails to analyze why people are such suckers for con men, but she’s crafted a fun diversion that should play well on the smallscreen.

Long before the Brazilian public was hoodwinked by his pose as a high-flying airline magnate and society darling, Marcelo was a master of gauging ways to make himself stand out. While his stint as an A-list partygoer is the best documented here, it’s his earlier incarnations that fascinate, revealing a psychopathic nature devoid of inhibitions: How else to explain his masquerading as an elite cop, or a drug-trafficking pilot (beat that, “Catch Me if You Can”)? “South Park”-style animation and game talking heads, including Marcelo in the slammer, keep the short pic barreling along.

Real Stories of a Liar

Brazil

Production: A Mariana Caltabiano Criacoes production. Produced by Mariana Caltabiano, Thais Bastos. Directed, written by Mariana Caltabiano, based on her book "VIPs -- Historias Reais de um Mentiroso."

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Humberto Hokama, Maritza Caneca, Carlos Timoteo; editor, Livia Serpa; music, Alexandre Guerra. Reviewed on DVD, Rio de Janeiro, Sept. 28, 2010. (In Rio de Janeiro Film Festival -- Premiere Brasil, competing.) Running time: 71 MIN.

With: With: Marcelo Nascimento da Rocha, Joselia Nascimento da Rocha, Cynthia Nascimento da Rocha, Mauricio Cesar, Ricardo Horn, Paulo Cordeiro, Ricardo Macchi, Ed Sa, Amaury Junior, Maria Paula.

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