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Behind the Sun (2001)
"Abril Despedaçado" (original title)

 -  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Dumont ...
Father
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Tonho
Rita Assemany ...
Mother
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Pacu
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Salustiano
Flavia Marco Antonio ...
Clara
Everaldo Pontes ...
Old Blind Man (as Everaldo De Souza Pontes)
Caio Junqueira ...
Inácio
Mariana Loureiro ...
Widow
Servílio de Holanda ...
Isaías
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Matheus
Othon Bastos ...
Mr. Lourenço
Gero Camilo ...
Reginaldo
Vinícius de Oliveira ...
Ferreira Family Member
Soia Lira ...
Ferreira Family Member
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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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$4,671 (USA) (14 December 2001)

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$64,210 (USA) (26 April 2002)
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A masterpiece
30 June 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Behind the Sun" tells a simple story about two families locked in a blood feud over sugar cane land in the late 19th century somewhere in a desolate, parched Brazil. The film is no less than a masterwork of simplicity; a richly textured, finely nuanced, artfully crafted drama which tells its story as much through evinced emotion as through dialogue. Not for everyone, "Behind the Sun" will likely be too austere for the public at large while providing a feast for cinema purists. Thanks to Cohn, Salles, and crew for their hard work in making a film for the few, not the many.

Note - I've viewed almost 900 films in the past three years and only rated two of them a 10. The first was "Band of Brothers". "Behind the Sun" is the second.


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