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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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death | violence | tradition | circus | 1910s | See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Abril Despedaçado  »

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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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Beautiful!
7 July 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This film is so beautiful, from the actors, the setting, the cinematography, the message...it was such a stunning and touching movie. A movie about vengence. A movie about love among family. Brotherly love. I felt myself transported and enraptured by this movie. More of a peek into time and space rather than watching a movie, really. To be utterly forgotten that I was watching this at home, from my VCR and feel as though I could taste the dust and feel the grind of the sugarcane mill...Who knew one could extract such sadness and anger from the sight of a bloodstained shirt, billowing in the wind as if it were dancing? Walter Salles did. The pace was deliberately slow. It's like reading a book very slowly, because you want to soak in every word and don't want to reach it's inevitable end. So if you'd rather watch a Kung Fu movie, fine.

Wonderful performances by Rodrigo Santoro (yes, he's gorgeous, can we all get over that and take his performance for what it's really worth? Tell me his doe-eyed, innocent, 'boy trapped in a man's body' performance wasn't convincing, cus it was to me), Jose Dumont as the rigid and exhausted father, and especially the charming, darling young Ravi Ramos Lacerda.


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