Abril Despedašado (Behind the Sun)
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Abril Despedašado (Behind the Sun)
In the Brazilian badlands of 1910, two families are locked in a deadly feud. Tonho, the middle son of the Breves family, is ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, the victim of an age-old feud between families over the ownership of the land. If he carries out his mission, Tonho knows that his life will be divided in two: the twenty years he has already lived, and the short time he has left to live. He will then probably be killed by a member of the rival family, as dictated by the code of vengeance of the region. Distressed by prospect of death and urged on by his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The appearance of circus performers in any film not by Fellini usually bodes ill, and it does so here."
‑ Hank Sartin, Chicago Reader
"Salles starts with the loudly trumpeted theme, then tacks on a slim plot to justify the clamour."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"a family saga told with all the muscle of the best Sergio Leone western."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Threat
"Gets away with its shortfalls almost solely on the basis of its cinematography."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"[An] example of how old-fashioned cinema can still be quietly thrilling."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"A bleak, beautiful cinematic fable driven by the brutal logic of blood feuds and transformed by an overpowering sense of wonder."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"A lovely journey, but it's like a picture book whose text is merely incidental."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A sumptuously filmed parable on the futility of violence."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The first time I saw the Brazilian Behind the Sun, there were no subtitles, and I couldn't understand a word. The second time, it had subtitles, and, to tell you the truth, the first time was better."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"As a story about two warring families, it is poignant, beautifully shot, and powerful. As an allegory reflecting on the cycles of violence that threaten all of our futures, it is absolutely necessary."
‑ Rod Armstrong, Reel.com
"Salles' movie taps into matters that are at once ancient and mythical and, needless to say, headline-fresh."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Salles is a fine director with the ability to invest moments with a sense of tragedy and inexorable fate."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"A family blood feud between neighbors over land in the rural sugarcane fields of the Brazil of 1910."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Poignant and touching."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Becomes nothing more than a waiting game -- an annoying, endless deathwatch."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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