Linha de Passe (2008)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
João Baldasserini ...
Vinícius de Oliveira ...
Dinho (as José Geraldo Rodrigues)
Kaique Jesus Santos ...
Roberto Audi ...
Denise Weinberg ...
Ana Luiza Garritano ...
Sérgio Mastropasqua ...
Renata Novaes ...
Mário César Camargo ...
Gabriela Rabello ...
Dona Rosa
Rafael Losso ...
Almir Barros ...
Luiz Serra ...
Coach Tiradentes


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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5 September 2008 (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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The best Brazilian movie of this year

More than a movie, Linha de Passe is a study about the moral and ethical dilemmas that young people from Brazilian suburbs of big cities face on a daily life. It is a film much more rich and complex than it seems. By the apparent simplicity and fragmented structure, should not have the same impact of the Brazilian Central and the Motorcycle Diaries, Walter Salles recent productions.

The Cannes Film Festival confirmed the film to grant him the Golden Palm for best actress to Sandra Corvelloni, single mother of four children, maid and resident of Sao Paulo suburbs. The family, by leaps and bounds, struggling to survive in the metropolis. The oldest is Motorcycle courier, Dinho works in a gas station, Dario wants to be a soccer player and youngest Reginaldo, in brilliant interpretation, is obsessed by her father unknown.

The script, written by Daniela Thomas, Bráulio Mantovani and George Moura, gives an account of five characters who have to kill a lion a day and are faced with ethical dilemmas at every turn, choosing between them to deliver anything goes or to remain in line.

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