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The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

In this film, soccer helps smooth over religious and political troubles

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This Brazilian feature from Cao Hamburger follows a young boy in 1970, when his parents must go on a "vacation" to avoid arrest by the military dictatorship. After his grandfather dies, he's taken under the wing of an older orthodox Jew in an all-Jewish neighborhood. Culture clash ensues, as the boy is only half-Jewish and was raised secularly. The 1970 World Cup serves as a unifying thread in the face of the cultural upheaval of the day. Not a thriller per se, but dramatic and thought-provoking, and beautifully shot. In Portuguese, Yiddish and German, with subtitles. Starts Fri., April 25. Manor (Andy Mulkerin) [capsule review]

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