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Behind the Sun

  • Drama
  • 2001
  • Walter Salles
  • 88 mins
  • 12

Summary

Vivid period drama starring José Dumont and Rodrigo Santoro. The Brazilian badlands, 1910: doomed to die if he decides to participate in a family feud, the son of a sugar farmer hits the road with a circus beauty to sample life before it's too late.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Inspired by the novel Broken April by Albanian writer Ismail Kadaré, this handsome tale of feuding families in the Brazilian badlands of the early 1900s brandishes its art house credentials like a badge of honour. Every composition devised by director Walter Salles and his Central Station cinematographer Walter Carvalho is painstakingly exquisite. However, for all the touches of magic and gushing pathos, there's no real thematic or emotional depth to the proceedings. This is especially so once marked man Rodrigo Santoro hits the road with circus performer Flavia Marco Antonio and tries to experience life before his destiny overtakes him. It's immaculate film-making, but less than satisfying cinema.

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Credits

Cast

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FatherJosé Dumont
TonhoRodrigo Santoro
MotherRita Assemany
SalustianoLuiz Carlos Vasoncelos
PacuRavi Ramos Lacerda
ClaraFlavia Marco Antonio
Mr LourençoOthon Bastos

Crew

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DirectorWalter Salles

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2002-03-08
Languages
Portuguese
Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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