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The Year My Parents Went on Vacation -- A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation -- 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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2 November 2006 (Brazil) See more »
A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Michel Joelsas ... Mauro (Moishale)
Germano Haiut ... Shlomo
Paulo Autran ... Mótel, Mauro's grandfather
Simone Spoladore ... Bia - Mauro's mother
Eduardo Moreira ... Daniel, Mauro's father

Caio Blat ... Ítalo
Daniela Piepszyk ... Hanna

Liliana De Castro ... 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)
Jairzinho ... Himself (archive footage)
David Kullock ... Haza
Sérgio Mastropasqua ... Man #2

Pelé ... Himself (archive footage)
Rivelino ... Himself (archive footage)
João Saldanha ... Himself (archive footage)
Hugueta Sendacz ... Dona Eidel
Tostão ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Cao Hamburger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adriana Falcão  script collaborator
Claudio Galperin 
Cao Hamburger 
Bráulio Mantovani 
Anna Muylaert 

Produced by
Daniel Filho .... co-producer
Caio Gullane .... executive producer
Caio Gullane .... producer
Fabiano Gullane .... executive producer
Fabiano Gullane .... producer
Cao Hamburger .... producer
Sônia Império Hamburger .... executive producer (as Sônia Hamburger)
Débora Ivanov .... associate producer
Fernando Meirelles .... co-producer
Paulo Ribeiro .... associate producer
Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues .... associate producer
Patrick Siaretta .... associate producer
Original Music by
Beto Villares 
Cinematography by
Adriano Goldman 
Film Editing by
Daniel Rezende 
Casting by
Patricia Faria 
Production Design by
Cassio Amarante 
Makeup Department
Anna Van Steen .... makeup designer
Production Management
Alessandra Casolari .... post-production supervisor
André Montenegro .... production manager
Sandra Oksman .... assistant production manager
Malu Tippi .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kity Féo .... first assistant director
Carol Lutz Setubal .... third assistant director (as Carol Lutz Klachoun)
Art Department
Kapel Furman .... props (as André Kapel)
Fábio Goldfarb .... set designer
Bia Pessoa .... art painter
Ana Lucia Valentim .... painter
Sound Department
Fabio Abu-Jamra .... assistant sound editor
Luis Bourscheidt .... foley assistant
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Henri Siro Evrard .... assistant sound editor
Roger Hands .... foley artist
Carlos Klachquin .... sound consultant: Dolby
Juliana Lago .... assistant sound editor
Alessandro Laroca .... supervising sound editor
Eduardo Virmond Lima .... sound effects editor
Fernando Lobo .... foley mixer
Antonio Mac-Dowell .... foley editor
Débora Opolski .... dialogue editor
Romeu Quinto .... sound mixer
Armando Torres Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Sergio Farjalla Jr. .... prop builder
Visual Effects by
Marcelo Ferreira PeeJay .... digital effects artist
Fabian Gamarra .... data manager
Vanessa Mariano .... visual effects
Rogério Marinho .... visual effects
Robson Sartori .... visual effects coordinator
Marcelo Siqueira .... visual effects supervisor
João Theodoro .... 2k scan
Karina Vanes .... post-production coordinator
Ricardo Imbelloni Vitor .... film recording
Ariel Wollinger .... digital intermediate supervisor
Ariel Wollinger .... film recording supervisor
Mariana Zdravca .... post-production coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurilio Aquino Jr. .... electrician
Israel Basso .... grip
Rodrigo Carvalho .... camera operator
Claudino Guzula .... key grip
Paulinho Lino .... electrician
Carol Minêm .... video assist operator
Marcelo 'Marcelinho' Oliveira .... gaffer
Animation Department
Rafael Terpins .... animation director
Editorial Department
Alex Ferreira Barreiro .... assistant editor
Alessandra Casolari .... post-production coordinator
Fábio Fatorelli .... assistant editor
Patrícia Nelly .... post-production assistant
Rafael Yamin .... assistant colorist
Music Department
Thacio Palanca .... music production assistant
Fil Pinheiro .... composer assistant
Fil Pinheiro .... music editor
Fil Pinheiro .... musician
Patrícia Portaro .... music clearance
Other crew
Manuela Mandler .... production assistant
Ariadne Mazzetti .... commercial attendant
Florence Narozny .... press attache: Frfance
Jair Neto .... production assistant
Christiane Riera .... consultant
Leticia Tauffenbach .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias" - Brazil (original title)
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Rated PG for thematic material, mild language, brief suggestive content, some violence and smoking
Brazil:104 min (theatrical and DVD) | Brazil:110 min | Argentina:104 min | Germany:104 min (Berlin International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:10 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | France:Unrated | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

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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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The year in which Cão Hamburger went to Bom Retiro and found Brazil, 21 February 2007
Author: dryanlynch from Brazil

O ano em que meus pais sairam de férias is Cão Hamburger's rather spectacular debút into the area of feature-length films for adult audiences.

Set mostly in the São Paulo neighborhood of Bom Retiro during the 1970 World Cup (and also, not coincidentally, during the "Iron Years" of the last Brazilian military dictatorship), the film tells the story of Mauro (Michel Joelsas), a boy from the state of Minas Gerais who is dropped off in front of the São Paulo apartment of his Jewish grandfather when his parents are forced to hide from the political police. When Mauro arrives, he finds that his grandfather has recently passed away and Mauro is left virtually alone as he waits out his parents' "vacation". In the process, the boy forms an alternative family consisting of the orthodox Jewish immigrant community of his grandfather, a group of neighborhood children including Hanna (spectacularly played by Daniela Piepszyk) and the attractive anarchist Ítalo (Caio Blat). Bom Retiro also discovers Mauro: this son of political activists is Jewish only in heritage and is much more interested in football than anything else.

Indeed, in Hamburger's world, football is the one uniting aspect of Brazilian society. From the apolitical orthodox rabbis to the black goalie on the Jewish football team to the Italians to the anti-dictatorship guerrillas, the one thing that unites everyone is the game. In a São Paulo that is usually defined by its immigrants and work ethic, everything stops for World Cup games and neighborhood matches. In this way, the film is not so much the story of youth in the dictatorship (as is the case with the Chilean Machuca and the Argentine Kamchatka) but rather a story set in that time and a circumstance created by the dictatorship. Instead, it is Hamburger's attempt to describe Brazilian society through the lens of what is, on the surface, the most unusual of Brazilian settings: one of the Jewish neighborhoods of São Paulo. In this world, people of many races, ethnicities and religions mix, united by football even as they are divided by culture. Another factor that unites them is that nearly all of the characters are not particularly tied to politics or concerned with the dictatorship. Indeed, like most people across classes, these characters are much more concerned with providing for their families and even improving their situations. Fighting the political situation becomes a sort of fringe activity that is the "luxury" of youths like Ítalo and ultimately the folly of "responsible adults" like Mauro's parents. It is not that Hamburger advocates this stance but rather that he sees the historical truth that few actively fought against the dictatorship while the great majority silently tried to ignore it—until it invaded their own lives. As such, the film is a quiet tragedy.

Visually, the film is quite lovely thanks to the cinematography of Adriano Goldman. Shot mostly with small hand-held cameras in close quarters, the film has an intimacy and silence that is intense without being cheesy. Lit in tones of blues and greens and seamlessly edited by Daniel Rezende (Motorcycle Diaries, City of God), it is almost surprisingly well-made for such a "small" film. Finally, it is worth noting that Hamburger did an excellent job casting and working with the youthful and largely inexperienced actors.

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