Directed by Cao Hamburger. With Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk and Liliana Castro. In Portuguese with subtitles. 1 hour, 44 mins. No MPAA rating (adult themes). Playing at: Ritz Five
Like Under the Same Moon, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation follows a sensitive boy left alone after his grandparent dies - and left hoping he can reunite with his absent mom and dad.
But where Moon, about illegal immigration to the United States, is all mush, this Brazilian entry from writer-director Cao Hamburger takes a more playful tack and delivers more poignancy - even as it describes life in 1970 Brazil, with the country under totalitarian rule - a country where leftists, real or suspected, would go missing, sometimes never to return.