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House of Sand (2005)

Casa de Areia (original title)
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.

Writers:

Elena Soarez (screenplay) (as Elena Soárez), Luiz Carlos Barreto (story) | 2 more credits »
12 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Fernanda Montenegro ... Dona Maria / Áurea / Maria
Fernanda Torres ... Áurea / Maria
Ruy Guerra ... Vasco de Sá
Seu Jorge ... Massu - 1910-1919
Stênio Garcia ... Luiz - 1942
Luiz Melodia Luiz Melodia ... Massu - 1942
Enrique Diaz Enrique Diaz ... Luiz - 1919 (as Enrique Díaz)
Emiliano Queiroz ... Chico do Sal
João Acaiabe João Acaiabe ... Pai de Massu
Camilla Facundes Camilla Facundes ... Maria - 1919
Haroldo Costa ... Capataz
Jorge Mautner Jorge Mautner ... Cientista
Nelson Jacobina Nelson Jacobina ... Cientista
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zumbi Bahia Zumbi Bahia ... Carregador Vasco #1
Jefferson de Almeida Barbosa Jefferson de Almeida Barbosa ... Mirinho (1919)
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

1910s | dunes | goat | slave | desert | See All (35) »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic sexuality | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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Prelude Opus 28, nº 15
by Frédéric Chopin
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Foreign film at its best.
2 September 2006 | by clg238See all my reviews

This is a stunning film, visually and emotionally. Although rooted in a forsaken sandy wasteland, the film is a metaphor for how circumstance locates us and how we can or cannot get out of the place in which we find ourselves. House of Sand MUST be seen on the big screen--never has landscape been more compelling! It's a literary film, which is to say that it is not full of exciting, unrealistic events. How the film manages a shift of time is briefly disconcerting and then brilliant. The story deals with the ramifications of an accident, the damaged psyche of a man, and takes us through what his survivor does to cope. This is definitely foreign film at its best!


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

BRL8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,405, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$539,285

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,178,175
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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