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House of Sand (2005)
"Casa de Areia" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  13 May 2005 (Brazil)
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A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it.

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Credited cast:
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Dona Maria / Áurea / Maria
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Áurea / Maria
Ruy Guerra ...
Vasco de Sá
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Massu - 1910-1919
Stênio Garcia ...
Luiz - 1942
Luiz Melodia ...
Massu - 1942
Enrique Diaz ...
Luiz - 1919 (as Enrique Díaz)
Emiliano Queiroz ...
Chico do Sal
João Acaiabe ...
Pai de Massu
Camilla Facundes ...
Maria - 1919
Haroldo Costa ...
Capataz
Jorge Mautner ...
Cientista
Nelson Jacobina ...
Cientista
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Zumbi Bahia ...
Carregador Vasco #1
Jefferson de Almeida Barbosa ...
Mirinho (1919)
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Storyline

Áurea arrives at a town in the dunes of State of Maranhão, Brazil, in 1910, having for female company only her mother Maria. She is pregnant and wants a way out of that arid place. But leaving is difficult and, somehow, she still hopes to find happiness there. The film follows these two lives for three generations, including Áurea's daughter. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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1910s | dunes | maranhão brazil | goat | slave | See more »

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Rated R for some graphic sexuality | See all certifications »
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13 May 2005 (Brazil)  »

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The House of Sand  »

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BRL 8,000,000 (estimated)
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The movie was filmed entirely in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, an ecosystem of sand dunes in Maranhão State (northeastern Brazil). See more »

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The movie takes pains to make reference to real events. However, the location marker erected for the scientific party at the total solar eclipse shows the wrong date. It should be 29.05.1919. See more »

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Foreign film at its best.
2 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a stunning film, visually and emotionally. Although rooted in a forsaken sandy wasteland, the film is a metaphor for how circumstance locates us and how we can or cannot get out of the place in which we find ourselves. House of Sand MUST be seen on the big screen--never has landscape been more compelling! It's a literary film, which is to say that it is not full of exciting, unrealistic events. How the film manages a shift of time is briefly disconcerting and then brilliant. The story deals with the ramifications of an accident, the damaged psyche of a man, and takes us through what his survivor does to cope. This is definitely foreign film at its best!


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