MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 33,355 this week

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

 -  Drama  -  29 October 2001 (Brazil)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,019 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 8 critic

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 »

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 07 Sep 2011
 
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 08 Nov 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 04 May 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 07 Jun 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: To the Left of the Father (2001)

To the Left of the Father (2001) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of To the Left of the Father.
44 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Clown (2011)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Father and son work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar and Pangare/Benjamin in a circus in the Brazilian countryside. Benjamin decides to follow a different path and meets several people on the way.

Director: Selton Mello
Stars: Selton Mello, Paulo José, Larissa Manoela
Mango Yellow (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a ... See full summary »

Director: Cláudio Assis
Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Jonas Bloch, Leona Cavalli
Alpine Fire (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A year on an Alpine farm: an older couple have two children, Belli, who wanted to be a teacher, and the younger Franzi, deaf, and although he works like a man, child-like. Belli teaches him... See full summary »

Director: Fredi M. Murer
Stars: Thomas Nock, Johanna Lier, Dorothea Moritz
Roula (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Martin Enlen
Stars: Anica Dobra, Felicitas Grimm-Luck, Martin Umbach
Blood (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After not having seen each other in five years, Chris Terry goes to visit his younger sister Noelle Terry in Montréal. Their lives, both together and apart, have been turbulent ones with ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti
Stars: Emily Hampshire, Jacob Tierney
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Renata de Lélis, Sérgio Lulkin
Barren Lives (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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 »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo
Brainstorm (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »

Director: Laís Bodanzky
Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Cássia Kiss
Billi Pig (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

The aspiring actress Marivalda, her husband Wanderley, a bankrupt insurance broker and a false priest do their best to get along in life. But they end up in the hands of a drug boss, whose ... See full summary »

Director: José Eduardo Belmonte
Stars: Selton Mello, Grazi Massafera, Milton Gonçalves
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The sexual relationship between a successful woman and her brother, an introvert, hypochondriacal youth, who is also a pornophile.

Director: Salvatore Samperi
Stars: Monica Guerritore, Lorenzo Lena, Gianfranco Manfredi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
André
Raul Cortez ...
Father
Juliana Carneiro da Cunha ...
Mother
Simone Spoladore ...
Ana
...
Pedro, the elder brother
...
Lula, the younger brother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 October 2001 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

A la izquierda del padre  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not an easy film, but rewarding
29 October 2007 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

'Stunning' is not an exaggerated word to describe this film. The images are haunting, and I saw it on the small screen at home. I can only imagine what it must have looked like in a theatre.

Director Luiz Fernando Carvalho is masterful in meticulously capturing the poetic word rhythms of novelist Raduan Nassar, who wrote this metaphysical, philosophical work. The largely verbatim prose-poetry (direct from Nasar's book), spoken improvisationally by the actors, is psychologically multi-layered. It is all brilliantly complemented by Walter Cavalho's multi-award-winning cinematography. Cavalho's disturbing and often sumptuous images linger long after the screen has turned dark. One is reminded of Sven Nykvist's haunting style of 'still-life-photography' in films, particularly those made with Ingmar Bergman.

Lavoura Carcaica is almost three hours long, and (isn't this always the way with great films?) it requires an almost immediate re-viewing. One just cannot absorb the language and imagery in one sitting.

The ensemble acting is first-rate. Sultan Mello is the tortured son in temporary self-imposed exile from his family, who yearns (shamefully) for the love and sensual heat of his sister Ana's body; Simone Spoladore is the innocent, sweet-faced Ana, who expresses her desire for love by dancing (the images are more erotic than 99% of the soft-core sex you see in mainstream movies these days); Juliana Carneiro da Cunha is the loving, long-suffering mother who is an exemplar of maternity, a woman who sacrifices everything to her children, and particularly her 'pet,' Andre (Mello); and Raul Cortez is simply astonishing to watch as the austere, evangelistic, hypocritical father who rages about the primacy of familial love but doesn't really understand its true meaning when it comes to his own children.

This is a film that well deserved its many nominations and awards. It is deeply challenging and demanding, and it almost certainly would never have been made in Hollywood.


4 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Terrible! ohjeeztower
The Number of Weird Reviews Promoting This Film is Impressive claudio_carvalho
Discuss To the Left of the Father (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?