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The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias)

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias) (2006)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 9

Hamburger deftly refracts the sociopolitical tumult of early '70s Brazil through the lens of a young boy's coming of age, and Joelsas' performance is wise beyond his years.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 2

Hamburger deftly refracts the sociopolitical tumult of early '70s Brazil through the lens of a young boy's coming of age, and Joelsas' performance is wise beyond his years.

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A 12-year-old Brazilian boy who longs to see his team win out over Italy in the 1970 World Cup match finds his entire world turned upside down as his left-wing parents are forced into hiding and he is sent to live with his grandfather in São Paulo's Bom Retiro district. Though his country is being held in the grip of a military dictatorship and the war in Vietnam is raging abroad, young Mauro can't seem to think about anything else but the upcoming World Cup match between Brazil and Italy. If

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Director Cao Hamburger has a warm, delicate sensibility that informs the story's commonplace events. Neither the story's drama nor its comedy are overstated.

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This Brazilian coming-of-age drama, co-produced by City of God creator Fernando Meirelles, charms because it rarely spells things out.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Be patient and brace yourself for the climax; the wait is definitely worthwhile.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Director Cao Hamburger, a Brazilian of Italian and German descent, treats this development with a very light hand.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The Year My Parents Went on Vacation seems to be about, in the end, is big-time sport as the opiate of the masses.

March 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This nuanced coming-of-age drama by Cao Hamburger exudes warmth without getting mired in nostalgia.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A painless enough movie, which is precisely the problem

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Heavy on nostalgic charm, but a lovely and insightful portrait of children buffeted by their parents' leftist activism in the 1970's and of São Paolo's Jewish neighborhood.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

You've heard this story before, but what makes The Year My Parents Went on Vacation worth seeing is the unfamiliar setting...the Jewish community of Sao Paolo.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

a skillful combination of humor, sadness, and tension

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation is an appealing dramedy that delicately couches its political and social commentary in a coming of age tale.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

Steps into the shoes of youth remembered, a summer when a boy's wide eyes are opened further by disillusion--the final whistle sounds sharp and harsh, echoing long after the game's over. An elegant, reflective film that dekes around coming-of-age cliches.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

... a sharply drawn coming-of-age comedy-drama...

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Joelsas' youthful exuberance carries the movie long enough to make this "Vacation" a rewarding trip.

May 2, 2008

The comforting familiarity, even in a foreign country in a time of political strife, is what makes it quietly effective.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Despite a few bits of low-key humor and some cheeky bits, the mostly charming film is actually meant to be taken seriously. And there are some poignant, surprisingly tender moments.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Director and co-writer Cao Hamburger presents all of this in such a timid and sanitized manner that one would suspect childhood wasn't a messy affair. Unfortunately for Hamburger, we've all been there, done that.

April 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Their performances (Michel Joelsas, Daniela Piepszyk) %u2014 natural, poignant and wide-eyed about what life will serve up %u2014 are things of beauty.

April 25, 2008

A Brazilian dramedy that touches on politics, sex, family and religion but is interested in them only to the extent that they rub off on the movie's people.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An utterly convincing depiction of childhood loneliness and uncertainty, in a world I'd never seen onscreen: the Orthodox Jewish community of Sao Paulo.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Heartwarming...This is a Year worth spending with Mauro and his friends.

April 12, 2008 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The most original parts of The Year My Parents Went on Vacation vividly juxtapose melting-pot conviviality with political turmoil in 1970 Brazil.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Most political films involving children are vicious or sentimental. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, set in 1970 when Brazil was under the military dictatorship of General Emilio Medici, is neither.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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[font=Century Gothic]In "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," it is 1970 and Mauro(Michel Joelsas) is driven by his parents(Simone Spoladore & Eduardo Moreira) to Sao Paulo to be dropped off with his grandfather Motel(Paulo Autran) before they can go on vacation. They promise to return before the start of the World Cup which Mauro like most of Brazil is eagerly awaiting, packing his table soccer game and soccer ball. But unbeknowst to them, Motel died shortly before they arrived. So, his neighbor Shlomo(Germano Haiut) reluctantly agrees to take care of the boy. Needless to say, they do not get along and Shlomo is aghast that Mauro is not Jewish.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]So, here's what really happened: Mauro's parents had to go underground because they were political opponents of the dictatorship. In "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," there are many more people paying attention to the events of the World Cup for which businesses close then the political situation. Even the leftists are watching the games on television. So in depicting an event that unites so many, identity is also a key as Mauro discovers a good deal about his family's past and that there is no simple answer to being a Brazilian. [/font]
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Cinema from Brazil comes to us in few and far between circumstances. Thank goodness we get all the gems. A touching and tragic story from the Brazilian military regime era.
September 4, 2008
John Ballantine

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