Brother (Hermano) (2012)
Raised as brothers, intense teammates and competitors on the soccer field - the gregarious, swaggering Julio (Eliu Armas) and the more wiry and focused Daniel "Gato" (Fernando Moreno) have remained virtually inseparable ever since the newborn Daniel was found abandoned in a trash heap in their La Ceniza slum. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a football scout invites them to tryout for the city's top professional team, just as a tragic act of violence threatens to tear them apart and prevent them from achieving their dreams. -- (C) Music Box Films … More
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Critic Reviews for Brother (Hermano)
"Hermano" is well-trod acreage, but there's a vitality here that's easy to appreciate.
The sports-as-savior theme is an old one, but this confident movie, alternately volatile and tender, coats its clichés in winningly natural performances and Enrique Aular's kinetic photography.
The over-the-top opening, which evokes baby Moses in the bulrushes, indicates grand ambitions, but unfortunately the gritty realism of Rasquin's cinematic style is just camouflage for another cliched sports flick.
Rasquin's cinema verite style brings power to the story, and he has coaxed some good performances out of his leads.
Scoring goals in soccer is hard. Hermano earns its points too easily.
Hermano is part sports film, part neorealist drama and a fully successful debut feature from Venezuelan director Marcel Rasquín.
Venezuelan filmmaker Marcel Rasquin's Hermano is a well-meaning melodrama, equal parts heartfelt and contrived.
The story feels driven more by coincidence than authenticity, leading to an eye-rolling climax.
An uneasy combination of good and bad, which earns a mild recommendation on the strength of the two lead performances and its success in capturing the desperate milieu of Caracas' teeming underclass.
The overwrought story unfolds awkwardly, with one ridiculously contrived act of violence in the middle, and it piles on both sports-drama and up-from-poverty clichés.
Rasquin and Jones avoid cliche to deliver an ending that hits home as hard as an unexpected football to the solar plexus.
Good football action and an inside look at the Caracas barrios cannot save this film from a thin script and sport drama predictability.
Audience Reviews for Brother (Hermano)
An honest Venezuelan drama that benefits from the heartfelt way it depicts the intense relationship between the two brothers and how much they care about each other, and it all comes to a solid ending that reflects a harsh reality where dreams get shattered by misery and violence.More
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