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.
"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.
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.
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