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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
the glory of the world cup, and the agony of what was happening.
This film takes place in 1970, when Brazil won the world cup, but also at the time of the dictatorship. It shows how the euphoric feelings about the victory where overshadowed by the drama of those who happened to be on the black list. It is about the relationship of a young boy with the neighborhood where he is left alone, which is mostly Jewish. The despair created by being abandoned, the anguish of not knowing where are his parents, is soothed by the solidarity of the neighbors. Football (soccer) is the boy's hobby and he collects pictures of the players, plays miniature football on a table, and wants to be a goalkeeper. He is just like millions of others in Brazil, where this game is so important and which the film shows so well. A great film from beginning to end with excellent actors, especially the young girl Hanna (Daniela Piepszyk) and the boy (Michel Joelsas). A curiosity: at the end of the film a Jewish doctor called Deutch is shown for a brief moment, and the fact is that there actually was a doctor with that name, at that time, who was very well known.
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