Monday, January 19, 2009

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation. B+

A lot of movies these days in which the star is a child tend to disappoint because the children in movies these days tend to have no sense of realism. It is either their fault because they can't act or the simply the character's fault-or sometimes both. In 'The Year My Parents Went on Vacation,' the star, Michel Joelsas, is a terrific actor whose character is as real as you or me. His name is Mauro and his parents are leaving him with his grandfather because they believe they are in danger. (the film takes place in South America in 1970, when the Government was harsh and the country was suffering) They hastily drop him off and leave, not knowing that the grandfather has recently passed away. Unable to contact his parents, Mauro moves in to his grandfather's apartment alone. He soon, due to his unrelenting charm, makes friends with an old Jew named Shlomo (Germano Haiut) and a young girl named Hanna. (Daniela Piepszyk) Mauro is a Soccer fanatic with dreams of becoming a goalkeeper. He and the rest of the town eagerly follow the World Cup during much of the film. What a simple and beautifully real picture from director Cao Hamburger, who I'm sure you've never heard of. The only real flaw in the movie is that it takes a little while to get going and it looses its charm near the end. But besides that, this is a refreshing little movie that leaves you wanting explore more foreign cinema.

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