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88
Philadelphia Inquirer
A compelling existential tableau: sweating bodies, creaking mills turned by numbed oxen, people facing the daily and seasonal cycles of life with little hope of breaking free. Behind the Sun is forceful stuff.
88
When a culture offers little more than death upon death, appreciating life's everyday beauty is as good an answer as these characters -- and this filmmaker -- can provide.
80
Salles is a master storyteller, and the film's pacing is flawless.
75
A powerful allegory.
75
This tale is both redemptive and tragic, if occasionally melodramatic.
75
This is a deeper film, delving into the twisted motives that rule lives, the lethal cycles that shackle progress, and, ultimately, the courage it takes to choose life.
75
New York Post
A gorgeously photographed, sun-baked fable.
63
New York Daily News
The story, which was inspired by an Albanian novel and the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, ends with a literary patness. But it's still a potent tale of fraternal love and the loss of innocence.
60
A film with a bare-bones story told with such potency that its occasional flights of heavy-handed symbolism are easily excused.
50
Chicago Sun-Times
It has some of the simplicity and starkness of classical tragedy, but what made me impatient was its fascination with the macho bloodlust of the two families.

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