The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

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Overview

A 12-year-old Brazilian boy who longs to see his team win out over Italy in the 1970 World Cup match finds his entire world turned upside down as his left-wing parents are forced into hiding and he is sent to live with his grandfather in São Paulo's Bom Retiro district. Though his country is being held in the grip of a military dictatorship and the war in Vietnam is raging abroad, young Mauro can't seem to think about anything else but the upcoming World Cup match between Brazil and Italy. If Jairzinho, Pelé, and...
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Overview

A 12-year-old Brazilian boy who longs to see his team win out over Italy in the 1970 World Cup match finds his entire world turned upside down as his left-wing parents are forced into hiding and he is sent to live with his grandfather in São Paulo's Bom Retiro district. Though his country is being held in the grip of a military dictatorship and the war in Vietnam is raging abroad, young Mauro can't seem to think about anything else but the upcoming World Cup match between Brazil and Italy. If Jairzinho, Pelé, and company can just win their third World Cup title, team Brazil will earn their third star on the strip -- a feat that no other team in the history of the sport has ever managed to accomplish. When his Catholic mother and Jewish father are suddenly forced to go "on holiday," young Mauro is swept out of his middle-class existence in Minas Gerais and taken to stay with his paternal grandfather in bustling Bom Retiro. A multi-ethnic district in which Jews, Arabs, and Greeks all live side by side, Bom Retiro begins to heat up with World Cup fever as things both at home and abroad all seem to be spiraling toward disaster.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Inside the movie featurette; Interviews with the cast and crew; Extended scenes and outtakes; Trailers (US and International); Optional Spanish Subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • UPC: 897246001454
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: City Lights Home Vid
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: Portugais
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Joelsas Mauro
Germano Haiut Shlomo
Caio Blat Italo
Daniela Piepszyk Hanna
Liliana Castro Irene
Simone Spoladore Mother
Eduardo Moreira Father
Rodrigo Dos Santos
Paulo Autran
Dos Santos
Technical Credits
Cao Hamburger Director, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Cassio Amarante Art Director
Cristina Camargo Costumes/Costume Designer
Patricia Faria Casting
Daniel Filho Co-producer
Claudio Galperin Original Story, Screenwriter
Adriano Goldman Cinematographer
Caio Guillane Executive Producer, Producer
Caio Gullane Executive Producer, Producer
Fabiano Gullane Executive Producer, Producer
Sonia Hamburger Executive Producer
Debora Ivanov Associate Producer
Alessandro Laroca Sound/Sound Designer
Braulio Mantovani Screenwriter
Fernando Meirelles Co-producer
Anna Muylaert Screenwriter
Romeu Quinto Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Rezende Editor
Paulo Eduardo Ribeiro Associate Producer
Patrick Siaretta Associate Producer
Beto Villares Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
1. Going To São Paulo [12:16]
2. Grandfather's House [14:43]
3. If God Left This Boy At Your Door... [12:10]
4. Hanna's Business [8:05]
5. Cold Shower [8:41]
6. Who Brought My Goalies? [11:26]
7. With My Grandfather's Gloves [9:51]
8. Giant Horses [8:09]
9. The End of the World Cup [8:52]
10. 3x4 [2:48]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Bonus Features
      International Trailer
      U.S.A. Trailer
      Interviews With Cast and Creew
      Inside the Movie Featurette
      Extended Scenes and Outtakes
         Bloopers
         Vignette
         Soccer Game
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Child's Mind: The Door to Understanding

    O Ano em Que Meus Pais Sampaoram de Faorias (THE YEAR MY PARENTS WENT ON VACATION) is an amazing little film from Brazil written by Adriana Falcao and Claudio Galperin and directed with panache by Cao Hamberger. It tackles many important issues (political upheaval, religion, ghettos, soccer, aging ann more) while telling a very tender story about a young lad forced into a change of life that builds his character and his appreciation for the global community. It works on every level. The year is 1970, the place is Sao Paulo during the World Cup Soccer Games, and we meet the young Mauro (Michel Joelsas) as he is swept away from his home by his frantic parents to live in Sao Paulo with his grandfather: his parents tell him they are going on 'vacation' while in reality they are escaping the dictatorial 'disappearances' that challenged the Brazil of the time. The grandfather lives in the Jewish ghetto and Mauro soon discovers that his would be host has just died. He meets the adjoining neighbor, grumpy old Shlomo (Germano Haiut), who begrudgingly takes Mauro in and allows him to pursue his obsession with soccer. The story winds through the disparities of Jewish life and the governmental changes that are disrupting the flow of this important year for Brazil (there are many film clips of the famous player Pel&#233 which add to the tenor of the story), and as Mauro makes friends with a little girl Hanna (Daniela Piepszyk) the two children are confronted with the realities of political strife and the glories of Brazil's World Cup. By keeping the narrative (in Portuguese, Yiddish and German) to a minimum the beauty of viewing the world and its incongruities through the eyes of children becomes even more touching. This is one of those films that allows us a vantage of longstanding problems and gives us a fresh view - a factor that helps our understanding of traumas of the history and awareness of similar traumas of the present. Hamberger delivers it with tenderness and is greatly assisted by the artistic cinematography of Adriano Goldman and the musical score by Beto Villares. It is a film well worth seeing at least once! Grady Harp

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