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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Sandra Corveloni is the second Brazilian actress to win the Best Actress Award at Cannes International Film Festival. The first was Fernanda Torres, in 1986, for the film "Eu Sei que Vou te Amar". See more »

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something of Iñarritu
3 February 2009 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

I haven't many comments to add, but something I really noticed in this good movie is that Walter Salles got a lot of inspiration, specially camera takes and editing, by Alejandro G. Iñarritu, not to mention the instrumental background music. The tone of Salles movies remains focused in the hope and good heart of the poorest despite deep unfairness of Brazillian society. Unfortunately, we do not watch good actor Vinicius Oliveira acting more often. The "moto boys" were admirably portrayed as well as the church followers. By the way, Corinthians, the football team supported by The Mother indeed went to 2nd. division in real life, as she worried at the beginning of the movie.


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