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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)
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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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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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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Storytelling at its very best.
24 November 2006 | by Tubular_BellSee all my reviews

The premise appears simple, but that's only on surface. Suddenly, the country is divided between the euphoria of the 1970 World Cup (in which Brazil was champion for the third time) and the anguish of the dictatorship. That could be good material for biting social critique, but the movie takes a radically different path. It follows the life of a kid, whose parents are leaving for "vacations". He's left at his grandfather's apartment, only to find out that he died hours before his arrival. Finding himself in the unnatural environment of a Jewish community, having no news about his parents and having to live with a grumpy old man, he finds comfort in football and everything that deals with it.

Fans of the hyperactivity and non-linearity of City Of God will have to expect a completely different style here. While there are flashes of comedy and quirkiness, the movie is very focused and delicately paced. There isn't a lot that can be told here, really, and I won't go on spoiling the story. Check it out for yourself, if only to witness the clashing contrast between two opposite realities in a way no history book could deliver.


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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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