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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 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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Portuguese

Release Date:

11 December 1967 (Sweden) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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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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Referenced in O Cinema Falado (1986) See more »

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Brazilian cinema's jewel
8 November 2001 | by Jugu AbrahamSee all my reviews

This film of Nelson Pereira dos Santos and another one called "Oz fuzis" or 'The guns' by Ruy Guerra are my favourite Brazilian movies. These films have mirrored the films of Mrinal Sen and Adoor Gopalakrishnan made in India at about the same time. The realism they offer and the rather unconventional use of the soundtrack affects the viewer, though seriously lacking in production quality. I know that most critics tend to classify these two Brazilian films as representative of the Cinema Nouvo, but I prefer to see the two as unusually impressive cinema, little affected by Hollywood. Vidas Secas in a way brings back memories of neo-realism in de Sica's "Bicycle Thief."

The later work of dos Santos failed to impress me. He seems to have burned out--improving in technical qualities but losing out on artistic vision.


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