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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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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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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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