A fun diversion that should play well on the smallscreen.
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.