Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)
Filmed with a strong sense of compassion for the impoverished and an underlying hatred for the injustice which forces them into the lives they must live, this is one of the first works from Brazil's Cinema Novo. A poor Brazilian family struggle to earn a living when they take a job overseeing the livestock of a wealthy rancher. They move into an abandoned house, and their fortunes begin to take an upward turn. The father is duped into a card game with a crooked local policeman. The ranch hand protests, and a fight ensues that results in his beating by the cop. Despite being the victim of… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the best of the early Cinema Novo films."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"A powerfully emotive portrait... this seminal film of the [Cinema Novo] movement is as naturalistic and heartwrenchingly earnest as any Vittorio De Sica weepie."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"Like Ford's The Grapes of Wrath, another oft-misread seditious text, the film seems primed for a revolution."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
More reviews for Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) on Rotten Tomatoes