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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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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Release Date:

1 May 2002 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Shredded April  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$64,210 (USA) (26 April 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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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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References Os Trapalhões e o Mágico de Oróz (1984) See more »

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nicely done.
15 November 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA USA) – See all my reviews

To be honest, I only rented the film so that I could swoon over handsome Rodrigo Santoro after watching his brief, but memorable role in the romantic comedy "Love Actually". Little did I know how good this film was. I didn't mind the subtitles because they were clear and non-complex. I loved hearing the language. I don't know; there's something mysteriously alluring about Portuguese; it has this smooth, almost rhythmic flavor about it. I was thoroughly entertained by the little boy they called "kid" aka "Puca" (played by Ravi Ramos Lacerda); he's basically a kid wanting to drown in the world of his fantasies but has to uphold these responsibilities of labor jus like the rest of his family. I found him to be sweet, assertive, and pure comedy. All the roles were praisingly convincing and held my attention the whole way through. I couldn't get over how young Rodrigo looked even though the movie was taped but only two years ago. hehe...young, but oh so adorable :o). He doesn't say much, but...sometimes, words just aren't necessary. Neways, I think the film's great. Not one metaphor or streak of symbolism seemed out of place; not one character seemed a bit too exaggerated or too thin in personality. I really liked this film. Honestly? I really did. =) hehe it has my vote.

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