The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias) 2006

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

Critics Consensus

Hamburger deftly refracts the sociopolitical tumult of early '70s Brazil through the lens of a young boy's coming of age, and Joelsas' performance is wise beyond his years.

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The year is 1970, and Mauro (Michel Joelsas) is taken to live with his grandfather while his mother and father flee the politically repressive Brazilian regime. As the nation prepares to watch their team compete in the soccer World Cup, Mauro anticipates the return of his parents. When his grandfather dies suddenly, he is set adrift and befriends the characters who live in the surrounding Jewish neighborhood, all the while anxiously awaiting news of his parents' fate.

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  • Oct 01, 2017
    Relying on solid performances, this is an enjoyable coming-of-age drama that touches us and amuses us in the same proportion, even if it doesn't stand out as particularly outstanding or politically relevant despite taking place in this particular moment of Brazilian history.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2009
    [font=Century Gothic]In "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," it is 1970 and Mauro(Michel Joelsas) is driven by his parents(Simone Spoladore & Eduardo Moreira) to Sao Paulo to be dropped off with his grandfather Motel(Paulo Autran) before they can go on vacation. They promise to return before the start of the World Cup which Mauro like most of Brazil is eagerly awaiting, packing his table soccer game and soccer ball. But unbeknowst to them, Motel died shortly before they arrived. So, his neighbor Shlomo(Germano Haiut) reluctantly agrees to take care of the boy. Needless to say, they do not get along and Shlomo is aghast that Mauro is not Jewish.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]So, here's what really happened: Mauro's parents had to go underground because they were political opponents of the dictatorship. In "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," there are many more people paying attention to the events of the World Cup for which businesses close then the political situation. Even the leftists are watching the games on television. So in depicting an event that unites so many, identity is also a key as Mauro discovers a good deal about his family's past and that there is no simple answer to being a Brazilian. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2009
    Just dont really enjoy it.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2008
    Cinema from Brazil comes to us in few and far between circumstances. Thank goodness we get all the gems. A touching and tragic story from the Brazilian military regime era.
    John B Super Reviewer

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