Behind the Sun
Behind the Sun (2001)

A young man is forced to choose between family tradition and his own dreams and desires in this drama from Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles. In 1910 in a remote farming community, two families, the Breveses and the Ferreiras, both of whom… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 11, 2002
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually poetic, Behind the Sun is a powerful statement about cycles of violence.

Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader

The appearance of circus performers in any film not by Fellini usually bodes ill, and it does so here.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Salles starts with the loudly trumpeted theme, then tacks on a slim plot to justify the clamour.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Threat

a family saga told with all the muscle of the best Sergio Leone western.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

A bleak, beautiful cinematic fable driven by the brutal logic of blood feuds and transformed by an overpowering sense of wonder.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A lovely journey, but it's like a picture book whose text is merely incidental.

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A sumptuously filmed parable on the futility of violence.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Salles' movie taps into matters that are at once ancient and mythical and, needless to say, headline-fresh.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Salles is a fine director with the ability to invest moments with a sense of tragedy and inexorable fate.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A family blood feud between neighbors over land in the rural sugarcane fields of the Brazil of 1910.

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Cynthia S.
Tragic, beautiful, poignant, compelling. A well told story not easily forgotten. This was one of the most moving films I've seen in a long time. It's… More
Daisy Maduro
Behind the Sun, Abril Despedacado, a Brazilian movie who told the simple story about two families locked in a blood vendetta over sugar cane land in the late… More