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O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (2006)

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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

Writers:

Adriana Falcão (script collaborator), Claudio Galperin | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michel Joelsas Michel Joelsas ... Mauro (Moishale)
Germano Haiut Germano Haiut ... Shlomo
Paulo Autran Paulo Autran ... Mótel, Mauro's grandfather
Simone Spoladore 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 ... Himself (archive footage)
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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

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Plot Keywords:

boy | jewish | world cup | 1970s | military | See All (95) »

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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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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:

BRL 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,655, 17 February 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$763,066, 8 June 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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World Cup and Dictatorship in a Milestone of Brazilian Contemporary History
12 July 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1970, near the World Cup, Daniel Stern (Eduardo Moreira) and his wife Miriam (Simone Spoladore) leaves Belo Horizonte in a hurry and scared with their ten years old son Mauro (Michel Joelsas) 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 (Paulo Autran). 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 (Germano Haiut) 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 (Daniela Piepszyk), 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.

In 1970, 90 millions of Brazilians were cheering for the National Soccer Team in the World Cup while the dictatorship had the toughest and cruelest moment against the opposition. I found this touching and sensitive movie amazing, since the director Cao Hamburger was able to brilliantly work with amateurish children and achieve outstanding performances, exposing the political situation of that milestone of Brazilian contemporary history through the eyes of a middle-class boy of ten years old. For me, it is absolutely impressive because I had approximately the same age of Mauro in 1970 and I lived that moment going to school, playing soccer and buttons, going to the beach and to the movie theater and cheering for our National Soccer Team without knowing or understanding clearly what was happening. The story is very simple and dramatic, but never corny, and the very convincing performances of the cast is awesome and touching. Michel Joelsas and Daniela Piepszyk have key roles in the story and I dare to write that two stars are born. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias, O" ("The Year When My Parents Went on Vacation")


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