VIPs (2011)

Director
Toniko Melo

Main cast
Wagner Moura; Gisele Fróes; Juliano Cazarré; Jorge D'Elia (Patrão)

Genres
Drama

Description
A human look on the life of one of the biggest frauds in the world happened by important people in Brazil.


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