The Middle of the World (O Caminho das Nuvens)
The Middle of the World (O Caminho das Nuvens) (2004)

A father desperate to improve his family's circumstances takes them on an unusual journey in this drama from Brazil. Romão (Wagner Moura) is a truck driver who has fallen on hard times; illiterate and unable to find work at a living… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 9, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Where Middle of the World becomes more appealing is in showing life along the less-traveled roads of Brazil, a landscape of beauty and poverty, nomad lives and basic instincts in a determination to make the best of a lurid existence.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the problem is, it's not terribly interesting.

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Kim Linekin

Not one character seems like a fully realized human being, let alone a likeable one.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

A true Brazilian story of vague human-interest value ... gets a heavy-handed treatment.

Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

A moving coming-of-age story that invokes memories of films such as Pixote (with significantly less violence) and The Bicycle Thief.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The Middle of the World is an unusual road movie that celebrates the virtues of family solidarity and the enjoyment of simple pleasures.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Wants to be both a realistic family drama and a mythical odyssey but lacks the substance to be much more than a vignette.

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Ethan Alter
TV Guide

Although the territory it covers is familiar, this Brazilian import, based on a true story, has its heart in the right place.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat


Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A good Brazilian movie that never got a good distribution deal. It looks like it was well hated by critics and users alike. I am a fan. It is an interesting… More
Sarah Prisbylla
I could do without this movie. It was interesting in some parts, but overall, just not great.

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