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Behind the Sun (2001)

Abril Despedaçado (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 1 May 2002 (Brazil)
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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.

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(screenplay) (as Karim Ainouz), (novel) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Dumont ...
Father
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Tonho
Rita Assemany ...
Mother
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Salustiano
Flavia Marco Antonio ...
Clara
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Pacu
Caio Junqueira ...
Inácio
Everaldo Pontes ...
Old Blind Man (as Everaldo de Souza Pontes)
Mariana Loureiro ...
Widow
Servílio de Holanda ...
Isaías
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Matheus
Gero Camilo ...
Reginaldo
Othon Bastos ...
Mr. Lourenço
Vinícius de Oliveira ...
Ferreira Family Member
Soia Lira ...
Ferreira Family Member
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Storyline

The Brazilian badlands, April 1910. Tonho is ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother. The young man knows that if he commits this crime, his life will be divided in two: the 20 years he has already lived and the few days he has left to live, before the other family avenges their son's death. He is torn between fulfilling his ancestral duty and rebelling against it, urged by his younger brother Pacu. That's when a tiny traveling circus passes through the vast badlands where Tonho's family lives. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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1 May 2002 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Shredded April  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,671 (USA) (14 December 2001)

Gross:

$64,210 (USA) (26 April 2002)
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Official submission of Brazil to the 2002's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

Quotes

Pacu: [voiceover] Ma says God never gives us heavier burdens than we can bear, but God keeps messing up. He sometimes dumps such burdens on us we all collapse.
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References Os Trapalhões e o Mágico de Oróz (1984) See more »

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One of the most beautiful films ever
11 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I bought this film by chance to give myself a shot of culture, and wasn't really expecting it to live up to much. I had never heard of it before, but I liked the cover and the story sounded OK. However, I was in for a real treat. Beautifully shot against Brazilian landscapes and told through a cast of tremendously talented actors, especially, and most surprisingly, Rodrigo Santoro, of Love Actually fame. However, it is the little boy who really steals the show. He is fantastic and will have you reaching for the Kleenex. The beautifully told relationships between the families and the drama of the feuds just makes this film one of the best foreign films ever, and, if you can be bothered to read subtitled films, this is one you won't regret getting. It is really that good, and the cinematography is astounding. Sorry to keep talking in hyperbole, but it really is phenomenal.


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