Films & Schedules

  • Linha de Passe

  • Walter Salles

  • Daniela Thomas

110 minutes

Production Company:
Videofilmes Producoes Ltd./Pathé Productions
Executive Producer:
François Ivernel
Rebecca Yeldham, Mauricio Andrade Ramos
George Moura, Daniela Thomas
Production Designer:
Valdy Lopes Jn.
Mauro Pinheiro Jr.
Gustavo Giani, Lívia Serpa
Leandro Lima
Gustavo Santaolalla
Principal Cast: Sandra Corveloni, Vinícius de Oliveira, João Baldasserini, José Geraldo Rodrigues, Kaíque de Jesus Santos

International Sales Agent:
Pathé International

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Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas's Linha de Passe was born from their mutual desire to look at how Brazil had changed twelve years after they made Foreign Land. The film focuses on four fatherless brothers and their pregnant, still unmarried mother. Living in cramped quarters amid the concrete jungle of São Paolo, they represent millions of others, struggling to make a living while flirting with the temptations thrown their way as they scramble to get ahead or simply try to survive. The result is a deeply humanistic portrait of the stresses and strains placed on a commonplace family.

At the core of Linha de Passe is a tireless mother whose only release is soccer; she avidly cheers on the local team with the rest of the city. Many of her hopes have been invested in her eighteen-year-old son Dario, a gifted soccer player who dreams of turning professional. (Dario is played by Vinícius de Oliveira, the young boy in Salles's Central Station, and it is a revelation to see him a decade later.) Dênis, her eldest, holds down a job as a motorcycle courier, trying to support a child he has fathered. Emotional and irresponsible, he lives his life from moment to moment. Dinho, the serious one, pumps gas, his life centred on a small evangelical church that gives him a sense of hope. Finally, there is the young and rebellious Reginaldo, who is obsessed with finding the father he has never met.

Salles and Thomas make the heat and sweat of the city palpable, but they are concerned with far more than surface reality. Working largely with non-professional actors, they bring a distinctly neo-realist style to the material (Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers springs to mind). Diligent attention to research and detail clearly pays off, and by setting the film against the backdrop of soccer and Catholicism, two immense cultural forces in Brazil, Salles and Thomas manage to tap into deep reservoirs of meaning. Criminality flirts around the fringes of the narrative, but the filmmakers set their characters the task of struggling with a series of complicated moral issues. What they expose are people who do not always take the easy way out.

Diana Sanchez

Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas have worked together on numerous film projects, including the feature films Foreign Land (95) and Midnight (98), as well as one of the short films in the compilation Paris, je t'aime (06). Salles has also directed the features Central Station (98), The Motorcycle Diaries (04) and Dark Water (05). More recently, Salles directed the segment A 8944 km de Cannes for the film anthology Chacun son cinéma (07). Salles and Thomas's latest collaboration is the feature film Linha de Passe (08).

Cadillac People's Choice Award