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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
Tostao ... Himself (archive footage) (as Tostão)

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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in To Each His Own Cinema (2007)See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Welcoming hospitality can make a difference, 8 June 2008
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Twelve-year-old Mauro (Michel Joelsas) is a soccer fan who spends hours playing table soccer in his suburban home in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and fantasizes about playing soccer with Pelé and Tostao, the heroes of the Brazilian soccer team that is about to compete for its third World Cup title. He hardly even blinks when his parents tell him that they are going on vacation and will be dropping him off at his grandfather's apartment in Sao Paolo. Brazil's official submission for the 2008 Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation contains all the ingredients for a Hollywood-style exercise in cliché-ridden sentimentality – an adorable young boy, a cantankerous but wise old man, and a world-class sports tournament. Yet director Cao Hamburger meshes these elements into a film that is nuanced, honest, and genuinely touching and, in the process, shows how an attitude of welcoming hospitality can make a difference in the lives of those who feel abandoned.

Set in Brazil in 1970 against a backdrop of military dictatorship, Mauro's father (Eduardo Moreira) and Catholic mother (Simone Spoladore) have been forced to go underground because of their political opposition to the government of General Emilio Medici, a military dictator but do not reveal to Mauro the truth about their leaving. Telling the boy that they will come back for him before the start of the World Cup Soccer Tournament, they deliver him to the home of his grandfather Motel (Paulo Autran) in the mostly Jewish Bom Retiro district of Sao Paulo but do not realize that grandpa has just died of a heart attack in his barbershop.

Tired of waiting for his grandfather to return, Mauro enlists the help of a neighbor, an aging Jewish bachelor Shlomo (Germano Haiut) who reluctantly takes him in but is not happy with his newfound task of caring for the youngster. He chastises the boy after he rejects eating herring for breakfast and slaps him across the face when he plays soccer in the hallways while wearing his prayer shawl. Shlomo becomes even more petulant when he inadvertently discovers that Mauro (whom he has been calling Moishela) is a "goy" who has not been circumcised (a very unlikely event when there is a Jewish father). It is only when the rabbi tells him that, like Moses, Mauro has been left on his doorstep by God that he begins to treat Moishela with respect and invites members of the local synagogue to offer him lunch each day at their different apartments.

Mauro's love of soccer helps him to befriend the local Jewish children, forming a bond with adorable 11-year-old Hanna (Daniela Piepsyk) and the community of Italian, Greek and Arab immigrants who are united in their devotion to the Brazilian soccer team. Joelsas is excellent as the highly intelligent energetic boy who must adapt to a strange environment far removed from his familiar surroundings. The film is almost stolen, however, by Piepsyk as the tomboyish Hanna who collects money from the boys to give them a peek at women trying on clothes in her mother's dress shop. When the World Cup begins, however, all the attention in the neighborhood is on soccer but for Mauro, it is mostly a reminder of his parents promise to return.

Spoken mostly in Yiddish, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation contains elements of The Cup, Running on Empty, and Under the Same Moon, but distinguishes itself by the freshness of its light-hearted approach and the outstanding performances of its mostly non-professional actors. Though not primarily a political coming-of-age film, when Hamburger deftly shifts from a rock n' roll dance floor to the sound of fascist soldiers on horseback making arrests of suspected dissidents, it is a jarring introduction to a young man's loss of innocence.

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