The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias)
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias) (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 26, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2008
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hamburger deftly refracts the sociopolitical tumult of early '70s Brazil through the lens of a young boy's coming of age, and Joelsas' performance is wise beyond his years.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

Director Cao Hamburger, a Brazilian of Italian and German descent, treats this development with a very light hand.

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Fernando F. Croce

A painless enough movie, which is precisely the problem

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

This Brazilian coming-of-age drama, co-produced by City of God creator Fernando Meirelles, charms because it rarely spells things out.

John Anderson
Washington Post

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation seems to be about, in the end, is big-time sport as the opiate of the masses.

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Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Be patient and brace yourself for the climax; the wait is definitely worthwhile.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

This nuanced coming-of-age drama by Cao Hamburger exudes warmth without getting mired in nostalgia.

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Joseph Proimakis
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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Relying on solid performances, this is an enjoyable coming-of-age drama that touches us and amuses us in the same proportion, even if it doesn't stand out… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation," it is 1970 and Mauro(Michel Joelsas) is driven by his parents(Simone Spoladore &… More
John Ballantine
Cinema from Brazil comes to us in few and far between circumstances. Thank goodness we get all the gems. A touching and tragic story from the Brazilian military… More