MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,573 this week

The Middle of the World (2003)
"O Caminho das Nuvens" (original title)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 798 users   Metascore: 32/100
Reviews: 17 user | 14 critic | 7 from Metacritic.com

A man and his family travel 3200km (1984 miles) by bicycle, from the State of Paraíba to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in search of a job.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 17 Sep 2012
 
a list of 74 titles
created 05 Oct 2012
 
a list of 58 titles
created 03 Oct 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Middle of the World (2003)

The Middle of the World (2003) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Middle of the World.
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mango Yellow (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a ... See full summary »

Director: Cláudio Assis
Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Jonas Bloch, Leona Cavalli
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man who has put his career ahead of everything else in life learns the value of family when his son goes missing.

Director: Luciano Moura
Stars: Wagner Moura, Lima Duarte, Mariana Lima
VIPs (2010)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The life of a real conman and one of the biggest frauds in Brazil.

Director: Toniko Melo
Stars: Wagner Moura, Gisele Fróes, Emiliano Ruschel
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A road movie about a German man who went to the North East of Brazil in the 1942 to sell Aspirin.

Director: Marcelo Gomes
Stars: João Miguel, Peter Ketnath, Madalena Accioly
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

Director: Cao Hamburger
Stars: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk
Drained (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals--as much to play perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control.

Director: Heitor Dhalia
Stars: Selton Mello, Paula Braun, Paulo Alves
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »

Director: Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Stars: Selton Mello, Raul Cortez, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Woman uses her three daughters to avenge their father and brothers, killed by a jealous ex-fiancé.

Director: Aluizio Abranches
Stars: Marieta Severo, Júlia Lemmertz, Maria Luísa Mendonça
Madame Satã (2002)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Loose portrait of João Francisco dos Santos, also known as Madame Satã, a sometime chef, transvestite, lover, father, hero and convict from Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Karim Ainouz
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village.

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Fernanda Torres, Wagner Moura, Camila Pitanga
Ó Paí, Ó (2007)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During the Carnival in the historical site of Pelourinho (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil), we follow the lives of the tenants of a falling-to-pieces tenement house who try to get by using creativity, irony, humor and music.

Director: Monique Gardenberg
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Dira Paes, Wagner Moura
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cláudia Abreu ...
Rose
...
Romão
...
Antônio
Manoel Sebastião Alves Filho ...
Rodney (as Manoel Sebastião)
Felipe Newton Silva Rodrigues ...
Clévis (as Felipe Newton)
Cícera Cristina Almino de Lima ...
Suelena (as Cristina de Lima)
Cícero Wesley A. Ferreira ...
Cícero (as Cicero Wallyson e Ciceero Wesley)
Claudio Jaborandy ...
Gideão
Sidney Magal ...
Panamá
Franciolli Luciano ...
Callado
Carol Castro ...
Sereia
Caco Monteiro ...
Severino
Laís Corrêa ...
Jurema
Fábio Lago ...
Neguiça
Alexandre Zacchia ...
Porfirio (as Alexandre Zachia)
Edit

Storyline

Romão, illiterate and unemployed, feels destiny drawing him on an odyssey to Rio de Janeiro in pursuit of a job and a decent life. A family of seven journeys 2,000 miles across the hinterlands of Brazil on bicycles. Along the way, the story explores the inner dynamics of a family facing a great challenge with the courage to pursue dreams. Written by Film Movement

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

12 September 2003 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Anazitontas to kentro tou kosmou  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$202,624 (Brazil) (12 September 2003)

Gross:

$394,290 (Brazil) (26 September 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Chinatown (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Great Brazilian Movie
29 August 2005 | by (Austin, Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

A great Brazilian movie called "The Middle of the World", which, in fact, it is in so many ways. It is a rich but unpretentious chronicle of an extraordinary journey of one rural Brazilian family. The father is illiterate and unable to find work. Romão (the father), Rose(the mother), and their five children, from a teen to a baby, begin to make a journey on bicycles and head for Rio de Janeiro, which is 2,000 miles away, to find work. They face all kinds of physical and emotional hardships along the way, seeing many kinds of villages, dirt roads and superhighways, and desolate to spell binding scenes of nature. They beg, do odd jobs, sing in outdoor cafés for money, scrounge around in old abandoned homes, swelter under the blazing sun, almost die of thirst, and sleep under the stars; yet all the while, they keep trying to survive and maintain their love for each other, which is often tested beyond limits. The husband and wife relationship has classic features that are displayed poignantly and expertly. They exhibit a kind of yin and yang pattern with Romão being a strong, soft spoken, intensely patient, idealistic optimist and Rose being the one who verbalizes their feelings of love, sympathy, joy, as well as despair, fear, and anguish. She is also outspoken when their frailties have been overtaxed and when there is a need to be practical. Her pragmatism and his religious convictions balance each other out. Nevertheless, they are able to switch roles as the one to comfort, encourage, or recommit to the challenge when either has had enough and is losing hope and faith in their vision. With no competition from age-group peers, the character of their parents seems to be emulated as role models by the children. As a sub-plot, the teenager, Antonio, is in the middle of growing into manhood. The Father, Romão, exercises patient parental control through mild rebukes and testing Antonio's mettle by letting him use his judgment and make mistakes, but he also subtly guides him with silent looks of acknowledgement that builds Antonio's confidence in himself. Rose, the mother, gives equal guidance by emphasizing caution and protectiveness but also gives him a sense of profound mother-love that becomes his foundation of security. When the father senses Antonio is ready to emancipate, the mother does not want to let go and the father, in his wisdom-love, states simply and firmly to Rose, "We do not own our children." When Antonio is left behind to follow an occupation, the strong and positive family dynamic continues to the end of their journey. Finally, when at their destination of Rio de Janeiro, and expressing the powerful spirit of this family, their triumph is symbolized in a mountain top experience as they stand together viewing Corcovado's Statue of the Christ and overlook the prize of their victory, the city of their dreams. As they crossed the 2,000 miles of their courageous journey, they witnessed the many ways in which the nation they once knew is rapidly changing. It was a raw, earthy, beautiful story. It gave such a realistic picture of Brazil as a whole. It is a beautiful country but also has such vast differences between the rich and poor. The movie also showed what a big and truly dominant role religion, and religious superstitions, plays in the lives of the poor, illiterate 'peasants'. At 'The Middle of the World', two different worlds, the new cosmopolitan and the old world, stand on the same piece of earth!


15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'O Caminho das Nuvens' will be shown on May 6th in Orange County fvidal-3
Discuss The Middle of the World (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?