Brother (Hermano) (2012)



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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
Art House & International , Drama , Kids & Family , Sports & Fitness
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Eliú Armas
as Julio
Marcela Girón
as Graciela
Marcela Cirón
as Graciela
Gonzalo Cubero
as Roberto
Beto Benites
as Morocho
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

"Hermano" is well-trod acreage, but there's a vitality here that's easy to appreciate.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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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.

August 23, 2012
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Arizona Republic
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Rasquin's cinema verite style brings power to the story, and he has coaxed some good performances out of his leads.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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Scoring goals in soccer is hard. Hermano earns its points too easily.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
AV Club
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Hermano is part sports film, part neorealist drama and a fully successful debut feature from Venezuelan director Marcel Rasquín.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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"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.

Thomas Andrikus
Thomas Andrikus

Such a good movie, "Hermano" does what it sets out to do- it is a sports movie with brothers who are lifted up by the sport, in this case soccer. The adoption of the better and more innocent brother after they find him in the streets leads to the older brother playing protector and maybe doing some shady things to keep his family afloat. The sport and his family are the pure things that keep him grounded. Both are forced into making choices because of the environment they are living in, and soccer remains the lifeline that the audience ends up rooting for them both to grab onto and not let go.

Heather Montgomery
Heather Montgomery

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