Raised as brothers, intense teammates and competitors on the soccer field, the gregarious, swaggering Julio (Eliu Armas) and the wiry, focused Daniel/"Gato" (Fernando Moreno) have remained virtually inseparable since the newborn Daniel was found abandoned in a trash heap in their La Ceniza slum. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a football scout invites them to try out for the city's top professional team, just as a tragic act of violence threatens to tear them apart and prevent them from achieving their dreams.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The sports-as-savior theme is an old one, but this confident movie, alternately volatile and tender, coats its cliches in winningly natural performances and Enrique Aular's kinetic photography.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 08.23.2012
"Hermano" is well-trod acreage, but there's a vitality here that's easy to appreciate.Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 08.23.2012
The over-the-top opening, which evokes baby Moses in the bulrushes, indicates grand ambitions, but unfortunately the gritty realism of Rasquin's cinematic style is just camouflage for another cliched sports flick.Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic, 08.23.2012
Venezuelan filmmaker Marcel Rasquin's Hermano is a well-meaning melodrama, equal parts heartfelt and contrived.Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine, 09.16.2012