Linha de Passe (2008)



Critic Consensus: A gritty portrayal of modern day family life in Sao Paulo , with vividly drawn characters and an uncompromising resolution.


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Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles Jr. helms this story of a band of brothers intent on getting out of the Brazilian ghetto in a Media Rights Capital production. Co-directing is Daniela Thomas, from a script she wrote with George Moura (Moro No Brasil) and Salles. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


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Critic Reviews for Linha de Passe

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (2)

Salles and Thomas's movie contains some extraordinary moments and its fine editing injects a dynamic cross-cutting energy.

Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
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Walter Salles' humanistic approach is evident in this film, which offers a poignant look of how Brazil has changed over the past decade.

Aug 19, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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May 14, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

This story of four brothers in São Paulo has a lively neorealist vibe that's utterly involving. And the characters are so vividly drawn by the filmmakers and cast that their mixture of hope and hopelessness really gets under our skin.

Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is as authentic as Salles and Thomas can make it even if it sometimes seems that, apart from the football angle, we have seen it all before. But if you haven't, then it's a real eye-opener.

Sep 19, 2008

A game of good, solid passes that emotionally fail to hit the back of the net.

Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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Engaging tale of 4 brothers' struggles to find themselves in the unforgiving maelstrom of Sao Paulo. The action sequences (especially the football) are shot with real dynamism and the ending is left bravely open but the themes are well worn.

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