The young son that ran from his dominant family descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. Tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce family conflicts and an intense visual style to match.
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Credited cast:
Selton Mello ... André
Simone Spoladore ... Ana / Sister
Raul Cortez ... Yohana / Father
Juliana Carneiro da Cunha Juliana Carneiro da Cunha ... Mother
Leonardo Medeiros ... Pedro / the elder brother
Caio Blat ... Lula / the younger brother
Mônica Nassif Mônica Nassif ... Sister
Renata Rizek Renata Rizek ... Sister
Denise Del Vecchio ... Prostitute
Luiz Fernando Carvalho ... André / Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Felipe Abreu Salomão Felipe Abreu Salomão
Samir Muci Alcici Júnior Samir Muci Alcici Júnior
Leda Samara Antunes Leda Samara Antunes
Pablo César Câncio Pablo César Câncio ... André as a boy
Raphaela Borges David Raphaela Borges David


The story concerns a young man living at home, André (Selton Mello), whose ideas are radically different from those of his farmer father (Raul Cortez). The father advocates order and restraint, which enhance his own power under the guise of family love. The son seeks freedom and pleasure, exemplified in his passion for his sister Ana (Simone Spoladore). When André moves to a seedy boarding house, his older brother Pedro (Leonardo Medeiros), is asked by their mother (Juliana Carneiro da Cunha) to bring him back. His return, however, will shatter the family's insular life.

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Beautiful but heavy
16 October 2002 | by enniiSee all my reviews

Saw this at HIFF 2002, Helsinki, Finland. 2 hours and 40 minutes seemed a bit much to me too, as to this is no film to enchant and suck you into the story. Extremely beautiful, but literal, heavy, and in the end: boring. Reminds me of the finnish theater tradition... I haven't read the book. Perhaps I should, as to the story in itself seems strong and interesting enough. Only the writer of the screenplay doesn't seem to have thought about the audiences not familiar with the novel. Perhaps it's also a culture thing. Still, I can't say I regret watching this film.

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29 October 2001 (Brazil) See more »

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A la izquierda del padre See more »

Filming Locations:

Minas Gerais, Brazil


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