Linha de Passe (Offside)

Cleuza, a pregnant single mother, works as a domestic for a middle-class family on the outskirts of São Paulo. Cleuza has four sons, each of whom has a different father. The oldest son, Dênis, is a motorcycle courier who is tempted into street crime; Dinho is an evangelical Christian filled with suppressed sexuality and doubt; Dario is a brilliant footballer who needs cash to bribe a talent scout, and the youngest, Reginaldo, is obsessed with the belief that the local bus driver is his father.

Heartfelt and engaging, Linha de Passe deftly interweaves its five stories to present a portrait of a family that is unique, and yet just like all families, everywhere.

Linha de Passe (Offside) (2008)




Portuguese, with English subtitles




Daniela Thomas | Walter Salles

Daniela Thomas

Daniela Thomas is an award-winning director, screenwriter and editor. She co-directed her first feature film, Terra Estrangeira, alongside Walter Salles in 1996. In 2006 she co-directed-again with Salles- a segment of the portmanteau film, Paris je t’aime. Her most recent film is Insolação (2009), which she made with Filipe Hirsch.

Walter Salles

Walter Salles’ first major film was Terra Estrangeira (1996) which heh co-directed with Daniela Thomas. In 1998 he released Central do Brasil (Central Station), which picked up two Academy Award nominations, for Best Actress and Best Foreign Language Film. In 2003, Salles was voted one of the best 40 Best Directors in the World by the UK Guardian newspaper. The next year saw the release of his biggest international success to date, The Motorcycle Diaries.

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