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  • Summary: Set in the turbulent year of 1970, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation is a poignant and humorous coming-of-age story. Mauro is a 12-year-old boy thrust into a maelstrom of political and personal upheaval. When his left-wing militant parents are forced to go underground, Mauro is left in the care of his Jewish grandfather's neighbor in Sao Paulo. Suddenly finding himself an exile in his own country, Mauro is forced to create an ersatz family from the religiously diverse and colorful population of his new neighborhood. Mauro befriends Hanna, a street-smart tomboy, and develops a crush on Irene, a pretty waitress in a local bar. It is at this local bar that everyone, including Mauro (an ardent soccer fan), gathers to watch iconic star Pelé in the 1970 World Cup championship, which Mauro hopes to watch with his parents if they return to Brazil in time. (City Lights Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Most political films involving children are vicious or sentimental. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, set in 1970 when Brazil was under the military dictatorship of General Emilio Medici, is neither.
  2. A sweet, intelligent little movie.
  3. This sweet, yet unsentimental film is about growing up, losing innocence, and longing for a place, and people, to call home.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Sensitive, delicate and involving.
  5. Reviewed by: Jean Oppenheimer
    This warmly engaging film benefits from its understated approach (it suggests rather than spells out the political turmoil), and its light, comedic tone never mitigates the drama of the central story.
  6. 67
    Generally, this writer-director is too sensitive for his own good. He never lets his boy-hero lose himself fully in his new world - or relinquish hope that his parents will return.
  7. 40
    A curiously unaffecting amalgam of the archetypal coming-of-age tale, here twinned to "outsider" religious overtones (in this case São Paulo's Orthodox Jewish community) and a small but deadly dose of uneasy political melodrama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. PaulaV.
    Mar 13, 2008
    really good movie!! they did more than they could have with the budged...the children dominate the scene completelly!!!
  2. MichaelS.
    Mar 21, 2008
    Enjoyable and sentimental, but involving as it blends soccer, jewish life for a boy, and the political and military milieu of 1970 Brazil.
  3. TiagoM.
    May 20, 2008
    A wonderful movie, sensitive, funnie, smart e very pleasant.
  4. DeborahL.
    Feb 16, 2008
    quietly steals your heart more completely than dramas that are a lot louder
  5. Jan 4, 2014
    Cinema nacional está em constante evolução e um dos poucos casos que consegue ótimos resultado esse filme com certeza um dos melhores dos ultimos anos. Expand
  6. RitB
    Apr 7, 2008
    Weak film that fails to grab the viewer's interest. The only plus is good camera work.