Brother (Hermano) (2012)
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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.
Audience Reviews for Brother (Hermano)
An honest Venezuelan drama that benefits from the heartfelt way that it depicts the intense relationship between the two brothers and how much they care about each other, and it reaches a solid ending that reflects a harsh reality where dreams get shattered by misery and violence.
Just a quick note; I worked in this production. My name's in the credits
But a movie totally worth watching because it is beautiful. I can't even write a review because Hermano has been such a great experience in my life.
"Hermano" is a greatly delivered South American social drama reminiscent of the Brazilian movie "City of God"...which, however, falls short when it comes to pulling a punch for its ending.
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