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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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Cao Hamburger
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Cast

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

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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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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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Masterpiece, maybe the best Brazilian movie since City of God
24 October 2006 | by wel2005See 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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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | Yiddish | Hebrew

Release Date:

2 November 2006 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

El año que mis padres se fueron de vacaciones See more »

Filming Locations:

Bom Retiro, São Paulo, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

BRL3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,655, 17 February 2008

Gross USA:

$807,117

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,218,370
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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