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

R  |   |  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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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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Rated R for some graphic sexuality | See all certifications »
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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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Prelude Opus 28, nº 15
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A cinema-graphic poem
3 February 2007 | by (Mariposa, California) – See all my reviews

Like "2001: A Space Odyssey", lots of people (critics included) are undoubtedly struggling to get a handle on this film. Here is an odyssey of another dimension, through shifting sands of time and perspective.

On one hand, the film is surrealistic -- it leaves many questions unanswered. It seems to purposely throw the unbelievable into our faces, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez in "100 Years of Solitude". For instance, how do the stranded women survive? What do they eat? It's a Robinson Crusoe epic without explanations.

On the other hand, the film is meticulously honest with fact and detail. The eclipse portrayed in the film was in fact observed in northern Brazil on 29 May 1919. The 7 successful photographic plates from the Brazilian expedition were fundamental in proving Einstein's theory of general (as opposed to special) relativity. Also, contrary to what another IMDb commenter has incorrectly characterized as "pseudo-scientific", one of the space-time implications of Einstein's theory is very accurately alluded to in the film.

We as viewers are left to sort out the broadly surreal from the minutely exact. We must decode the poetry of this film for ourselves. And, as with poetry, appreciation for this film will likely grow with reflection and repeated viewings.

"House of Sand" is a little jewel with hidden facets. See it on a wide screen with a good sound system to fully appreciate it.


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