The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias)
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The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Cao Hamburger has a warm, delicate sensibility that informs the story's commonplace events. Neither the story's drama nor its comedy are overstated."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Director Cao Hamburger, a Brazilian of Italian and German descent, treats this development with a very light hand."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"A painless enough movie, which is precisely the problem"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"You've heard this story before, but what makes The Year My Parents Went on Vacation worth seeing is the unfamiliar setting...the Jewish community of Sao Paolo."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Steps into the shoes of youth remembered, a summer when a boy's wide eyes are opened further by disillusion--the final whistle sounds sharp and harsh, echoing long after the game's over. An elegant, reflective film that dekes around coming-of-age cliches."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"This Brazilian coming-of-age drama, co-produced by City of God creator Fernando Meirelles, charms because it rarely spells things out."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The Year My Parents Went on Vacation seems to be about, in the end, is big-time sport as the opiate of the masses."
‑ John Anderson, Washington Post
"Heavy on nostalgic charm, but a lovely and insightful portrait of children buffeted by their parents' leftist activism in the 1970's and of São Paolo's Jewish neighborhood."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"a skillful combination of humor, sadness, and tension"
‑ Norm Schrager,
"... a sharply drawn coming-of-age comedy-drama..."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Be patient and brace yourself for the climax; the wait is definitely worthwhile."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"This nuanced coming-of-age drama by Cao Hamburger exudes warmth without getting mired in nostalgia."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The Year My Parents Went on Vacation is an appealing dramedy that delicately couches its political and social commentary in a coming of age tale."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"Joelsas' youthful exuberance carries the movie long enough to make this "Vacation" a rewarding trip."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Charlotte Weekly