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Casa de Areia (2005)

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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Credited cast:
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 ...
Jorge Mautner ...
Nelson Jacobina ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zumbi Bahia ...
Carregador Vasco #1
Jefferson de Almeida Barbosa ...
Mirinho (1919)


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 | goat | slave | desert | See All (35) »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 May 2005 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

The House of Sand  »


Box Office


BRL 8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,405, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$529,323, 5 November 2006
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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Beautiful Scenery
8 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a beautiful, poignant movie that reminded me of "The English Patient'. Filmed in the deserts of the Brazilian state of Maranhao it has stunning scenery that brings a backdrop of authenticity to the story line. I recommend viewing 'the making of' featurette, which depicts the difficulties, encountered in filming in such a harsh environment. It is interesting to note that although there are relatively few characters, the story can still rivet. I was able to identify with the main characters and feel their emotions. I do admit that the story is slow at first but in the end, it will leave you smiling and clamoring for more.

The one negative comment I have is about the scene(s) that caused the film to be rated 'R'. Although I can understand the need for it, I think the producer could have use some restraint and toned it down a bit, this would have made for a different rating and permitted a broader audience to appreciate this gem.

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