Abril Despedašado (Behind the Sun)
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Abril Despedašado (Behind the Sun)
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 earn their living growing sugar cane, have been squabbling over the ownership of a piece of land for years. The disagreement turned violent some time back, and after the first shot was fired and blood was spilled, the other family insisted upon killing the gunman as a matter of honor. The second shooter was then killed for the same reason, and ever since the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"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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