Brother (Hermano)
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Raised as brothers, intense teammates and competitors on the soccer field - the gregarious, swaggering Julio (Eliu Armas) and the more wiry and focused Daniel "Gato" (Fernando Moreno) have remained virtually inseparable ever since the newborn Daniel was found abandoned in a trash heap in their La Ceniza slum. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a football scout invites them to tryout for the city's top professional team, just as a tragic act of violence threatens to tear them apart and prevent them from achieving their dreams. -- (C) Music Box Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Hermano" is well-trod acreage, but there's a vitality here that's easy to appreciate."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Rasquin's cinema verite style brings power to the story, and he has coaxed some good performances out of his leads."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Venezuelan filmmaker Marcel Rasquin's Hermano is a well-meaning melodrama, equal parts heartfelt and contrived."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"The overwrought story unfolds awkwardly, with one ridiculously contrived act of violence in the middle, and it piles on both sports-drama and up-from-poverty clichés."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Brotherly love put to the test in potent drama."
‑ Don Groves,
"The sports-as-savior theme is an old one, but this confident movie, alternately volatile and tender, coats its clichés in winningly natural performances and Enrique Aular's kinetic photography."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Scoring goals in soccer is hard. Hermano earns its points too easily."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The story feels driven more by coincidence than authenticity, leading to an eye-rolling climax."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Rasquin and Jones avoid cliche to deliver an ending that hits home as hard as an unexpected football to the solar plexus."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The over-the-top opening, which evokes baby Moses in the bulrushes, indicates grand ambitions, but unfortunately the gritty realism of Rasquin's cinematic style is just camouflage for another cliched sports flick."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Hermano is part sports film, part neorealist drama and a fully successful debut feature from Venezuelan director Marcel Rasquín."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"An uneasy combination of good and bad, which earns a mild recommendation on the strength of the two lead performances and its success in capturing the desperate milieu of Caracas' teeming underclass."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Good football action and an inside look at the Caracas barrios cannot save this film from a thin script and sport drama predictability."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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