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


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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BRL 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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Did You Know?


Brazil's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards. The film was one of the nine films that made it to the January's short list but failed to secure the nomination. See more »


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Written by Caetano Veloso
Performed by Céu
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Masterpiece, maybe the best Brazilian movie since City of God
24 October 2006 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Fernando Meirelles is the producer and Cao Hamburguer the director. Daniel Rezende (also from City of God) is the editor. But there is no violence, only sadness and sensibility in this movie. Tells the history of Mauro, a twelve years old boy that sudden has to stay by himself. Because of the dictatorship his parents lives him.It's happens in 1970, during the soccer world cup. The screenplay, written by Bráulio Mantovani (also from City of God) and other two writers and Cao Hamburguer, avoids sentimentality. With intelligent mix of the ordinary life and the heavy atmosphere, the movie offers moments of spontaneous geniality. Music and cinematography is also very good. I saw it during the São Paulo cinema Festival. It's open in Brasil in November. With the quality of the movie, for sure is going to open also in the USA.It's a movie to everybody.

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