A story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams.

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Cleuza
João Baldasserini ...
Dênis
Vinícius de Oliveira ...
Dario
Geraldo Rodrigues ...
Dinho (as José Geraldo Rodrigues)
Kaique Jesus Santos ...
Reginaldo
Roberto Audi ...
Pastor
Denise Weinberg ...
Estela
Ana Luiza Garritano ...
Bianca
Sérgio Mastropasqua ...
Jefferson
Renata Novaes ...
Glória
Mário César Camargo ...
Genaro
Gabriela Rabello ...
Dona Rosa
Rafael Losso ...
Bruno
Almir Barros ...
Japa
Luiz Serra ...
Coach Tiradentes
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In the periphery of São Paulo, the pregnant single mother Cleuza works as maid in the apartment of a middle-class family. Each of her sons has a different unknown father: the oldest, Dênis, has a baby son that lives with his mother and he works as motorcycle courier; Dinho is a converted Christian and works as attendant in a gas station; Dario is an aspirant soccer player that is getting older without the expected chance in a team; and the youngest, Reginaldo, is obsessed about finding his father who works as a bus driver, and spends most of his spare time traveling by bus. Along the months, each brother experiences new deceptions and expectations while the family fights to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Actor Vinícius de Oliveira has been training in a football school for two years in order to prepare himself for this film. See more »

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A poignant, beautiful glimpse of the real Brazil
30 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is similar to Walter Salles' "Central Station," in that it shows a part of Brazilian life that people know very little about: the poor suburbs of the big cities. This time, he looks at a family living on the outskirts of Sao Paulo and the everyday struggles they face. Salles shows what life is like for the poor in Brazil without the in your face violence from "City of God" but with the same grace and humor as Central Station.

Part of the success of the film are the wonderful actors, who turned a decent script into much more. Sandra Corveloni won Best Actress for the film at Cannes, and Vinicius de Oliveira, famous for his amazing performance as a child in "Central Station," plays one of Sandra's sons. Kaique Jesus Santos plays Sandra's youngest son, who equals Vinicius' "Central Station" performance.

Don't expect an action movie or love story, but do expect the chance to get a glimpse of the real Brazil.


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