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To the Left of the Father (2001)
"Lavoura Arcaica" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  29 October 2001 (Brazil)
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Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »

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André
Raul Cortez ...
Father
Juliana Carneiro da Cunha ...
Mother
Simone Spoladore ...
Ana
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Pedro, the elder brother
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Lula, the younger brother
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Felipe Abreu Salomão
Samir Muci Alcici Júnior
Leda Samara Antunes
Luiz Fernando Carvalho ...
André - Narrator (voice)
Pablo César Câncio ...
André as a boy
Raphaela Borges David
Fábio Luiz Marinho de Oliveira
Denise Del Vecchio ...
Prostitute
Laura Hallack Ferreira
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Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce family conflicts and an overheated and intense visual style to match. Written by Anonymous

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A breathtaking epic
22 July 2003 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

This is, without a doubt, one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is a spectacular example of the new brazillian movie-making!

It is a technically perfect movie, with a brilliant cinematography and a masterful photography. The scenes are very well built and the director truly owns this movie. Of course, it derives from one of the masterpieces of recent literature, Raduan Nassar's impressive novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and have to disagree with Flavio Velames comment, complaining about it being too erudite. There's only such thing if a movie is pretensious, which is obviously not the case: this movie breathes honesty. There are already enough "common" movies being produced around the world to commit the crime of discarding this one for not being "common". Not all movies are supposed to be for the audience to have "fun". Some of them (the best ones) are supposed to enchant you, as this one does.

Keep up the extraordinary work, Luiz Fernando Carvalho! I had the opportunity of attending the screening of this movie at the Film Festival Rotterdam 2002, where Luiz Fernando spoke. Enlightening. True art and true artist. Thank you.


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