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

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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 »

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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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A true masterpiece!

This movie is one that will leave your mind wondering for days thinking how can a director mix imagery, sensitivity, and poetry in a simple story. This movie will inspire all of those that want to see different ways of making movies. The reason why, in my opinion, this movie is so great is because the movie does not give you all the information for you to understand it. It actually functions more like a book. In several different instances there are long sequences with no dialog, only body expression. This instigates the minds of the viewers to try to "fill-in the gap" by guessing what the character is probably thinking. If you are looking for a new way to experience movies, please try this one. I highly recommend it!!!

It is a MUST see! If you have the opportunity, please rent it! You'll not regret!


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