Vip's Real Stories of a Liar
Vip's HISTÓRIAS Reais de un mentiroso
Brazil, 2009, 71 minutes
Vip's Real Stories of a Liar Synopsis

Marcelo Nascimento da Rocha pretended to be the son of the owner of Gol Airline Company in some ritzy event in Recife. He ate and drank for free, was fawned over by models, actresses, businessmen and television celebrities. He was described as one of the major con men of all times. He also passed himself off as being leader of the PCC, a rock star from a famous band, police officer, lieutenant, MTV reporter and spotter for the Brazilian soccer team.

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Reviewed by dominicsmith
I can't begin to think how Marcelo should be described as a person.  It's because it seems the true identity was lost somewhere in the multitude of persons that he... more
I can't begin to think how Marcelo should be described as a person.  It's because it seems the true identity was lost somewhere in the multitude of persons that he imitate and whose persona he owns, even only for a matter of hours or days. From the documentary, it seems that even the ones interviewed couldn't actually be sure what kind of personality does he has. In a way, it makes me think of the shape-shifting creatures I saw in one sci-fi movie awhile ago. I do know for sure that he takes on others' identities to achieve something, either for money or to gain access and rub elbows with the affluent.  It would be interesting though if the documentary also gathered insights from a psychologist or neurologist perhaps. For what it is,  I'd have to say the character of Marcelo is a rarity and yet being able to actually fool others and taking on another's identity is simply unbelievable.  
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
You can't help but feel mixed emotions with this man! He's undoubtedly one of the famous con men on that side of the world, someone you can't  help but feel... more
You can't help but feel mixed emotions with this man! He's undoubtedly one of the famous con men on that side of the world, someone you can't  help but feel anger and resentment to and yet someone you can't help but admire, because he was smart and quick-witted judging from that interviews with a reporter during the time he pretended to be an airline owner's son.  In fact, the true son later hinted that Marcelo's ideas were smart. Indeed, one can't put a sure foot into the mind of Marcelo, if he was indeed mentally disturbed or a psycho or having alter-egos all at the same time. But like what an actor stressed in an interview, he had COMPASSION, and that was something you can't expect from a usual con man of sorts. In a way, Marcelo did bad things to be able  to do something good; something quite vague and unexplainable.  He is indeed one very rare kind of a person and his life story, as  misleading as it can be, is full of lessons that we can all learn from. It's a story of mischief, rebellion and the need to belong but also it's a story of a man who resorts to pretensions and lying to mask his real identity, to the point that people don't really know who he really is, although I'm pretty sure his mother knows him inside out. Masking his true identity was a means for him to get away with things, and in a way for financial gain.  Lastly,  he made mention in the documentary that if there's something he can't do he won't stop until he gets it. It's all a challenge for himself, a test to see if he can pull it off. Most often than not he's successful although not for long! Such a very peculiar person that I am just plain speechless with his myriad of talents! Get to know him by watching this film and for sure, you can't help but laugh, chuckle, grimace and swoon all at the same time!!!!
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Reviewed by jeteli
This is a film that has  an important message to convey to everyone. While it's common knowledge that Marcelo is a celebrated con man the impact of his doings on... more
This is a film that has  an important message to convey to everyone. While it's common knowledge that Marcelo is a celebrated con man the impact of his doings on people is something that is worth examining. If he was highly successful in pretending to be someone else what does it indicate? That people tend to be really gullible and trusting. Some of the identities may have been done so in a playful and harmless manner but when used for the purpose of pursuing bad activities,  that's where danger comes in.  Marcelo is indeed one interesting character and actors will pale in comparison to him.  While actors may simply act out a character, he on the other hand not only pretends to be someone else but also applies considerable boyish charm and talent! Remarkable so much so that you should check this out! 
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Reviewed by sharonmae
That unmistakable charm, it's just simply irresistible! Marcelo is one brilliant con man, and boy was he never afraid of the consequences!  The length with which he has duped people... more
That unmistakable charm, it's just simply irresistible! Marcelo is one brilliant con man, and boy was he never afraid of the consequences!  The length with which he has duped people with his countless personalities is just plain awesome yet recklessly harmful.  What must have driven him to be that adventurous? If he had been an actor, I 'm sure as the sun rising in the east that he would be a darn  award-winning one! Check this out and know what goes on inside the mind of this externally impish and charming yet internally disturbed man!  
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  • I don't know if I  hate this guy for all his  games and being an impostor but  there's more a feeling of amazement, to think he actually fooled so many people. How did he do that!  This is one really talented man tsk tsk!

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  • I don't know if I  hate this guy for all his  games and being an impostor but  there's more a feeling of amazement, to think he actually fooled so many people. How did he do that!  This is one really talented man tsk tsk!
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  • Of all the actors in showbusiness I think Marcelo should be in the Hall of Fame for cleverly pulling it off, everytime!  I wonder what that interviewer thought of himself after he was duped by Marcelo! 

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  • Of all the actors in showbusiness I think Marcelo should be in the Hall of Fame for cleverly pulling it off, everytime!  I wonder what that interviewer thought of himself after he was duped by Marcelo! 
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  • Marcelo is a very cunning yet charismatic man that everyone, especially girls, will easily fall for!  

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  • Marcelo is a very cunning yet charismatic man that everyone, especially girls, will easily fall for!  
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