Linha de Passe (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

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
Art House & International , Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Roberto Audi
as preacher
Renata Novaes
as Gloria
Gabriela Rabelo
as Dona Rosa
Mateus Solano
as Marcelo
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Critic Reviews for Linha de Passe

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011

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Full Review… | May 14, 2009
Movies for the Masses

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

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.

September 19, 2008
London Evening Standard

The curse of modern Brazilian cinema, it increasingly seems, is that every film reminds us of City of God while none measures up to it.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Linha de Passe

My building was one of the sets... a typical middle class building in SP. The director is the great Walter Salles (with Daniela Thomas). The first movie (for me) with 5 protagonists. Worth watching if you appreciate Brazilian movie... or if you wanna know about Brazil.

Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez
Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez

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.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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