Brothers seek path out of poverty in Brazil film

Sat May 17, 2008 7:15am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

CANNES, France (Reuters) - A tough yet touching Brazilian drama follows four brothers in Sao Paulo who turn to football, religion and crime as they try to escape the poverty and monotony of life in the slums.

Unlike other acclaimed Brazilian dramas set in impoverished ghettos of the big cities, directors Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas did not want to make violence and crime central themes, although they linger just beneath the surface.

"Linha De Passe" (Line of Passage) is one of 22 films in the main competition at the Cannes film festival and one of four from South America.

"We didn't want to make a film on drug traffickers or police in down-and-out areas," Salles told reporters after a press screening of the movie.

"We wanted to make a film that clearly showed that violence was being turned down as an option," he added.

"A lot of Brazilian films depict characters who opt for violence, yet 99 percent of young people in Brazil are trying to make it in life, like what you see in the film."

Salles, best known for his 2004 hit "The Motorcycle Diaries," based the brothers' experiences on true stories and used first-time feature film actors in most of the roles in a bid to make the picture feel as youthful as possible.

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<p>Cast members Kaique De Jesus Santos attends a news conference for the film "Linha de Passe" by Brazilian directors Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>