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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.

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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 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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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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Details

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The House of Sand See more »

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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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Trivia

Director Waddington wrote the two lead roles especially for his wife Ms. Torres and his mother-in-law, Ms. Montenegro. 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
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Beautiful Scenery
8 January 2007 | by Amandad1See all my reviews

This is a beautiful, poignant movie that reminded me of "The English Patient'. Filmed in the deserts of the Brazilian state of Maranhao it has stunning scenery that brings a backdrop of authenticity to the story line. I recommend viewing 'the making of' featurette, which depicts the difficulties, encountered in filming in such a harsh environment. It is interesting to note that although there are relatively few characters, the story can still rivet. I was able to identify with the main characters and feel their emotions. I do admit that the story is slow at first but in the end, it will leave you smiling and clamoring for more.

The one negative comment I have is about the scene(s) that caused the film to be rated 'R'. Although I can understand the need for it, I think the producer could have use some restraint and toned it down a bit, this would have made for a different rating and permitted a broader audience to appreciate this gem.


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