I saw this comedy at the Brazilian embassy, who have revived their friday movie evenings.
The story is about two poor guys João Grilo, the compulsive liar and Chicó, the crook. They make a living by bluffing and cheating in a small Northeast Brazil town. Joao the liar uses his smartness even in his encounter with Christ, the Devil and the Virgin Mary. The art of Joao is called as " jeitinho" a term which the Brazilians use for smartness to get things done through shortcuts.
The story reminded me of the many jeitinho characters of Jorge Amado, my all time favourite Brazilian writer.
The movie, made in 2000, is based on the play by the Pernambucano writer Ariano Suassuna.