Linha de Passe

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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

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  • 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
  • Heartfelt, well acted and confidently shot. But it is frustrating, because of a creeping reliance on favela-drama mannerisms and a culpable failure to think up an ending.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, there is an optimism to the film, albeit one that is tempered by the poignancy of lives shadowed by São Paulo's harsh indifference.

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

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • 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…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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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…

Audience Reviews for Linha de Passe


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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