Man of the Crowd

(O homem das multidões)
Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimarães | Drama, Fiction

2013 | 95 minutes | Brazil

A Brazilian take on contemporary alienation, loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe story published in 1840.


Juvenal drives a tram in Belo Horizonte, one of Brazil’s main cities. This reticent man spends his spare time in his apartment. Whenever he’s thirsty, he drinks water from the one and only glass he possesses. His colleague Margô asks him to be a witness at her wedding, but this means that some sort of friendly relationship should exist between these two lonely people – and this takes time.

Loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe story published in 1840, the film is a reflection about different forms of loneliness and friendship in the Brazilian urban universe.


"The fascinating result of a collaboration between a filmmaker and a fine artist. The square format in which artist Cao Guimarães and director Marcelo Gomes have chosen to shoot their film turns this unhurried tale of loneliness into a series of artworks that combine the retro appeal of a Polaroid with the feel of a modern digital display. The plot explores the differences between self-imposed singledom and the kind of profound loneliness experienced by the protagonists – both archetypes of today’s industrial society – whilst life continues to rage and bluster about them." - Berlin Film Festival

Main credits

Guimarães, Cao (film director)
Guimarães, Cao (screenwriter)
Gomes, Marcelo (film director)
Gomes, Marcelo (screenwriter)
André, Paulo (actor)
Lourenço, Silvia (actor)
Magalhaẽs, Beto (film producer)
Vieira, João (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Ivo Lopes Araújo; editors, Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimarães, Lucas Sander; music, O'Grivo.

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Berlin International Film Festival; Miami International Film Festival; Jerusalem Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Marcelo Gomes, Cao Guimarães


YEAR: 2013

GENRE: Drama, Fiction

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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