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The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)
"O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  2 November 2006 (Brazil)
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A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Michel Joelsas ...
Germano Haiut ...
Paulo Autran ...
Mótel, Mauro's grandfather
Simone Spoladore ...
Bia - Mauro's mother
Eduardo Moreira ...
Daniel, Mauro's father
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Ítalo
Daniela Piepszyk ...
Hanna
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Irene (as Liliana Castro)
Rodrigo dos Santos ...
Edgar, goalie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Felipe Hanna Braun ...
Caco
Gabriel Eric Bursztein ...
Bóris
Abrahão Farc ...
Anatol
Haim Fridman ...
Duda
Edu Guimarães ...
Alfredo
Gérson ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

In 1970, near the World Cup, Daniel Stern and his wife Miriam leaves Belo Horizonte in a hurry and scared with their ten years old son Mauro in their Volkswagen. While traveling to São Paulo, the couple explains Mauro that they will travel on vacation and will leave Mauro with his grandfather Mótel. Daniel promises to return before the first game of the Brazilian National Soccer Team in the Cup. The boy is left in Bom Retiro, a Jewish and Italian neighborhood, and waits for Mótel in front of his apartment. When the next door neighbor Shlomo arrives, he tells the boy that Mótel had just had a heart attack and died. Alone and without knowing where his parents are, the boy is lodged by Shlomo and the Jewish community. Through the young neighbor Hanna, Mauro makes new friends, cheers for the Brazilian team and sees the movement of the police and militaries on the streets while waiting for his parents. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG for thematic material, mild language, brief suggestive content, some violence and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2006 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

El año que mis padres se fueron de vacaciones  »

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Box Office

Budget:

BRL 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$233,475 (Brazil) (3 November 2006)

Gross:

$873,942 (Brazil) (24 November 2006)
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Director Cao Hamburger spent half a year finding the two leads. There were about 1,000 auditions for the part of Mauro and 200 for Hanna. See more »

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Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007) See more »

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Pra Frente Brasil
Written by Miguel Gustavo
Performed by Waldir Calmon
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Fantastic film. Heartwarming.
17 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An absolutely beautiful film. We cried and we laughed. The boy is so cute and charming, but he still acted like a man when he had to. I'm telling all my friends about this little gem of a film. The political setup is based on very real events in Brazil at the same time that the international soccer star, Pele, was given an almost godlike stature in that country. The way the filmmakers manage to weave the political story, the personal story - of a boy waiting to be reunited with his parents - and the cultural "shock" of discovering the boy's Jewish roots was outstanding and very moving for me. I think this is a little gem, a masterpiece that will be enjoyed for years to come, like a Cinema Paradiso.


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