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Barren Lives (1963)

Vidas Secas (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 December 1967 (Sweden)
A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Átila Iório Átila Iório ... Fabiano
Maria Ribeiro Maria Ribeiro ... Sinhá Vitória (Mother)
Orlando Macedo Orlando Macedo ... Soldado Amarelo (Soldier)
Joffre Soares ... Fazendeiro (Farmer)
Gilvan Lima Gilvan Lima ... Boy (as Gilvan)
Genivaldo Lima Genivaldo Lima ... Boy (as Genivaldo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orlando Chagas Orlando Chagas
Ignacio Costa Ignacio Costa
Nabor Costa Nabor Costa
Oscar de Souza Oscar de Souza
José Leite José Leite
Vanuterio Maia Vanuterio Maia
Manuel Ordonio Manuel Ordonio
Maria Rosa Maria Rosa
Antonio Soarez Antonio Soarez
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A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place to live, with food and work. But the drought and misery destroy their hopes. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Featured in Panorama do Cinema Brasileiro (1968) See more »

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The Never-ending Cruel Timeless Fate of the Migrants of the Drought in the Country of the Northeast of Brazil
19 August 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The illiterate migrants Fabiano (Átila Iório), his mate Sinhá Vitória (Maria Ribeiro), their two sons and their dog Baleia drift in the country of the Northeast of Brazil, fighting for their survival. They are hired by a farmer (Jofre Soares) in a slavery condition to take care of his kettle.

"Vidas Secas" is a classic of the Brazilian Cinema and the first movie of the "Cinema Novo" ("New Cinema"), a movement of the Brazilian filmmakers in the 60's that proposed to make low-budget movies with social concerns and rooted in Brazilian culture, which had the following slogan: "A camera in the hands and an idea in the head".

Nelson Pereira dos Santos made a masterpiece, certainly on of the best Brazilian movies ever. Based on a classic novel of the Brazilian literature of Graciliano Ramos, the reality and cruelty of the story is stunning. The black and white photography and the performances of the cast, including the dog, are very impressive, recalling the Italian Neo-Realism of Roberto Rossellini. This movie was made in 1963, the story happens in the 40's and presently the situation of the drought in the country of the Northeast of Brazil remains exactly the same, being one of our greatest national shames. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Vidas Secas" ("Dry Lives")


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Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

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11 December 1967 (Sweden) See more »

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Aszály See more »

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