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
Director Waddington wrote the two lead roles especially for his wife Ms. Torres and his mother-in-law, Ms. Montenegro. See more »
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 »
The Lone and Level Sands Stretch Far Away: A Human Drama
From the opening shots of immense bleached white sand dunes and scalloped, barren earth, to the strange caravan of humans and animals dwarfed by the natural landscape, a willing viewer can be transported to a world not ordinary, and what follows is a mesmerizing tale of physical and emotional survival under the worst of circumstances--and yet--there exists a mesmerizing study of human relationships, of mother and daughter, of races in conflict, of self trying to find a way home. This is not a noisy film, as films these days generally are, it is not bombastic nor particularly easy to watch; there is even a narrative trick tossed in midway which may at first confuse most viewers. But like another brilliant immersion in a stark world, the film Behind The Sun, this Brazilian gem is exquisitely photographed, convincingly acted, and hugely rewarding--if your goal in movie viewing is not to just be passively entertained.
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