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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)
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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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Rated PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$64,210 (USA) (26 April 2002)
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An absolutely must see movie for people who like human drama.
11 July 2003 | by (US-NY/NJ) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful portrayal of human pride and stubbornness along with love and duty. Most of the people in the western world don't understand what's shown here. It's not about glorifying violence but in certain cultures honor is everything and people would rather die than be dis-honored.

It shows the struggle between doing the right thing and doing the honorable thing. The struggle in Tonio between the duty and love. The "kid" Pacu steals the movie but the barren lands is just as much amazing as the movie itself. The cinematography adds just as much to the movie as the story. The same geography seen everyday seems so dreary but here it's so beautiful. All the characters are so helpless in their own situation and only two of them choose to break free. The girl and the kid. Yet they break everything apart what's holding the rest of them hostage.

It's a must see movie if you are one of those people who yearn for knowing more of what lurks inside our own hearts.


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