O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias

O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias
Michel Joelsas

Michel Joelsas

Screen Time: 90%
Role: Mauro
Age: 10 years old
Daniela Piepszyk

Daniela Piepszyk

Screen Time: 45%
Role: Hanna
Age: 10 years old


O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (International: English title)


Rating: 6 (1 votes)
Directed: Cao Hamburger
Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese, Yiddish
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama, Historical


In 1970, near the World Cup, Daniel Stern and his wife Miriam leaves Belo Horizonte in a hurry and scared with their ten years old son Mauro in their Volkswagen. While traveling to São Paulo, the couple explains Mauro that they will travel on vacation and will leave Mauro with his grandfather Mótel. Daniel promises to return before the first game of the Brazilian National Soccer Team in the Cup.

The boy is left in Bom Retiro, a Jewish and Italian neighborhood, and waits for Mótel in front of his apartment. When the next door neighbor Shlomo arrives, he tells the boy that Mótel had just had a heart attack and died. Alone and without knowing where his parents are, the boy is lodged by Shlomo and the Jewish community. Through the young neighbor Hanna, Mauro makes new friends, cheers for the Brazilian team and sees the movement of the police and militaries on the streets while waiting for his parents.

Movie Reviews

Set in 1970, the year Brazil (or rather, the soccer team representing the country) won the World Cup, O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias / The Year My Parents Went on Vacation tells the story of a (away from) home-alone kid whose parents (Eduardo Moreira, Simone Spoladore) are on the run from Brazil’s brutal military apparatus.

The boy, Mauro (Michel Joelsas), who believes his parents have taken off on a long vacation, is left at the home of his grandfather (veteran Paulo Autran) in the Bom Retiro district of São Paulo. The problem is that the old man died shortly before his grandson’s arrival. Now, who’s going to be taking care of the kid in this ethnically mixed — Central European Jews, Italians, Greeks, blacks, etc. — neighborhood?

The boysitting falls mostly in the hands of Shlomo (Germano Haiut), a middle-aged Polish Jew who, in his stern manner, befriends Mauro (who happens to be half-Jewish as well). There are personality and cultural clashes at first, but — as to be expected — peace between the Old and the New is made before the final fadeout.

Cao Hamburger directing The Year My Parents Went on VacationDirected by Cao Hamburger, who opted for a traditional approach to the coming-of-age narrative, and co-written by Hamburger, Claudio Galperin, Bráulio Mantovani, and Anna Muylaertit, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation was a surprising omission from the list of best foreign-language film Oscar nominees of 2007 — what with little boys, elderly Jewish characters, sentiment, several good performances (the young Daniela Piepszyk is particularly impressive), and excellent production values (cinematography by Adriano Goldman; production design by Cassio Amarante). The film was one of the nine semi-finalists for the foreign-language film category.







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