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Barren Lives (1963)
"Vidas Secas" (original title)

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A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Átila Iório ...
Fabiano
Maria Ribeiro ...
Sinhá Vitória (Mother)
Orlando Macedo ...
Soldado Amarelo (Soldier)
Joffre Soares ...
Fazendeiro (Farmer)
Gilvan Lima ...
Boy (as Gilvan)
Genivaldo Lima ...
Boy (as Genivaldo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orlando Chagas
Ignacio Costa
Nabor Costa
Oscar de Souza
José Leite
Vanuterio Maia
Manuel Ordonio
Maria Rosa
Antonio Soarez
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A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place to live, with food and work. But the drought and misery destroy their hopes. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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11 December 1967 (Sweden)  »

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Starkly beautiful
22 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An itinerant family's search for a better life seems to lead nowhere. The husband finds work as a cowhand, the wife wants nothing more than a leather bed to sleep in.

The stark, black and white cinematography with which the sun-bleached, barren landscape was shot underscores the poverty the family is trying to escape. Kudos to the director who was able to coax an admirable performance from the family's dog. It's a totally engaging film w/ effectively subdued performances from the principals. Reminiscent of Italian Neo-Realist cinema, this makes for rewarding viewing, a cure for the summer blockbuster syndrome.


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