Director: Greg Barker
Year Released: 2020
Trapped under rubble following a terrorist attack on the Canal Hotel in Iraq (during the U.S. Occupation), Sérgio Vieira de Mello (Wagner Moura), a well-respected diplomat for the United Nations, is close to death and thinks back on the best moments from his life, from leading East Timor to independence and meeting and falling in love with Carolina (Ana de Armas). The respect for its subject is understandable (when it doesn't border on worship - all that's missing are the wings and harp) except the constant jumping around to different time frames is handled clumsily and the 'romantic' aspect that it leans on heavily doesn't have the power it thinks it does (the dialogue, too, could have used a few re-writes as well). Still, Moura (who, like the subject of the biopic, is also Brazilian) is charismatic in the lead and shows off his range - recall that this is the same guy who played Pablo F'ing Escobar in Narcos.