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Abril Despedaçado (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | 1 May 2002 (Brazil)
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When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director:

Walter Salles

Writers:

Karim Aïnouz (screenplay) (as Karim Ainouz), Ismail Kadare (novel) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Dumont José Dumont ... Father
Rodrigo Santoro ... Tonho
Rita Assemany Rita Assemany ... Mother
Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos ... Salustiano
Flavia Marco Antonio Flavia Marco Antonio ... Clara
Ravi Ramos Lacerda ... Pacu
Caio Junqueira Caio Junqueira ... Inácio
Everaldo Pontes Everaldo Pontes ... Old Blind Man (as Everaldo de Souza Pontes)
Mariana Loureiro Mariana Loureiro ... Widow
Servílio de Holanda Servílio de Holanda ... Isaías
Wagner Moura ... Matheus
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Reginaldo
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Mr. Lourenço
Vinícius de Oliveira Vinícius de Oliveira ... Ferreira Family Member
Soia Lira Soia Lira ... Ferreira Family Member
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Storyline

The Brazilian badlands, April 1910. Tonho is ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother. The young man knows that if he commits this crime, his life will be divided in two: the 20 years he has already lived and the few days he has left to live, before the other family avenges their son's death. He is torn between fulfilling his ancestral duty and rebelling against it, urged by his younger brother Pacu. That's when a tiny traveling circus passes through the vast badlands where Tonho's family lives. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Brazil | France | Switzerland

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1 May 2002 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Shredded April See more »

Filming Locations:

Bom Sossego, Bahia, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,671, 16 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$64,210, 28 April 2002
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Brazil to the 2002's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

Quotes

Salustiano: My mother almost died giving birth. I was born purple - so purple they thought I was dead. True or false?
[Clara nods]
Salustiano: They ignored me for two hours while trying to save my mother, then they decided to wash me so I'd look decent for the funeral. As soon as I felt the cold water, I started howling. As a result, that was my first and last bath.
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Beautiful!
7 July 2003 | by gdkarma2See all my reviews

This film is so beautiful, from the actors, the setting, the cinematography, the message...it was such a stunning and touching movie. A movie about vengence. A movie about love among family. Brotherly love. I felt myself transported and enraptured by this movie. More of a peek into time and space rather than watching a movie, really. To be utterly forgotten that I was watching this at home, from my VCR and feel as though I could taste the dust and feel the grind of the sugarcane mill...Who knew one could extract such sadness and anger from the sight of a bloodstained shirt, billowing in the wind as if it were dancing? Walter Salles did. The pace was deliberately slow. It's like reading a book very slowly, because you want to soak in every word and don't want to reach it's inevitable end. So if you'd rather watch a Kung Fu movie, fine.

Wonderful performances by Rodrigo Santoro (yes, he's gorgeous, can we all get over that and take his performance for what it's really worth? Tell me his doe-eyed, innocent, 'boy trapped in a man's body' performance wasn't convincing, cus it was to me), Jose Dumont as the rigid and exhausted father, and especially the charming, darling young Ravi Ramos Lacerda.


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