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The Middle of the World (O Caminho das Nuvens) (2004)


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A father desperate to improve his family's circumstances takes them on an unusual journey in this drama from Brazil. Romão (Wagner Moura) is a truck driver who has fallen on hard times; illiterate and unable to find work at a living wage, Romão and his wife, Rose (Cláudia Abreu), decide to leave the Northwestern provinces of Brazil and head east for Rio de Janeiro, which is 2,000 miles away. With no vehicle at their disposal, Romão, Rose, and their five children make the journey on bicycles.


Art House & International, Drama

David Franca Mendes

Apr 4, 2006

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Where Middle of the World becomes more appealing is in showing life along the less-traveled roads of Brazil, a landscape of beauty and poverty, nomad lives and basic instincts in a determination to make the best of a lurid existence.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A true Brazilian story of vague human-interest value ... gets a heavy-handed treatment.

March 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Wants to be both a realistic family drama and a mythical odyssey but lacks the substance to be much more than a vignette.

March 25, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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...the problem is, it's not terribly interesting.

June 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A moving coming-of-age story that invokes memories of films such as Pixote (with significantly less violence) and The Bicycle Thief.

April 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Although the territory it covers is familiar, this Brazilian import, based on a true story, has its heart in the right place.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not one character seems like a fully realized human being, let alone a likeable one.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

The Middle of the World is an unusual road movie that celebrates the virtues of family solidarity and the enjoyment of simple pleasures.

March 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice


March 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

"The Middle of the World" has such a strong sense of adventurous spirit that is should cross into venues other than just the Spanish language market.

November 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

a warm portrait of a family linked strongly by love under arduous circumstances

November 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Não são todos os filmes que conseguem despertar tanto interesse por seus personagens - algo que esta produção indubitavelmente faz.

September 8, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Middle of the World (O Caminho das Nuvens)

A good Brazilian movie that never got a good distribution deal. It looks like it was well hated by critics and users alike. I am a fan. It is an interesting slice of Brazil outside of the bit cities and a hugely rewarding experience.
June 3, 2013
John Ballantine

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I could do without this movie. It was interesting in some parts, but overall, just not great.
April 5, 2009

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