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

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Critic Consensus: 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 Jairzinho, Pelé, and company can just win their third World Cup title, team Brazil will earn their third star on the strip -- a feat that no other team in the history of the sport has ever managed to accomplish. When his Catholic mother and Jewish father are suddenly forced to go "on holiday," young Mauro is swept out of his middle-class existence in Minas Gerais and taken to stay with his paternal grandfather in bustling Bom Retiro. A multi-ethnic district in which Jews, Arabs, and Greeks all live side by side, Bom Retiro begins to heat up with World Cup fever as things both at home and abroad all seem to be spiraling toward disaster. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Caio Blat
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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.

Full Review… | April 17, 2008
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
Seattle Times
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Be patient and brace yourself for the climax; the wait is definitely worthwhile.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
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.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
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.

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

Full Review… | March 21, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias)

It is a very interesting way - lighter - to understand what was going on in Brazil during the dictatorship.

Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez
Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez
½

This movie was great. The story was good and it's a beautiful picture of Brazil in the 70's. Brazil was having serious political problems and the kid was left in a jewish neighborhood, where he used to play soccer while he was waiting for his family. Very good movie. Nice Story.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot
½

[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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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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