House of Sand
House of Sand (2006)

Three generations of women struggle to make lives for themselves and their families in the desert wastes of Northern Brazil in a drama from filmmaker Andrucha Waddington. In 1910, Vasco de Sá (Ruy Guerra) leads his wife, Áurea (Fernanda… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 11, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautifully filmed with wonderful performances, this Brazilian tale deftly explores the passage of time and prolonged isolation in several decades of a mother and daughter relationship.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Evocative as it can be, House of Sand doesn't have enough story or incident to justify the investment in time.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Visually dazzling, epic in its sweep and deeply romantic in its sensibility, The House of Sand is one of those films whose images and ideas linger long after the lights come on, having been burned into the viewer's consciousness.

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Fernando F. Croce

Disregards the political shifts of Brazil's history by isolating the sprawling narrative from the rest of the nation, so that nothing can distract the director from his finicky composing

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Cinematographer Ricardo della Rosa ... has created images of rare beauty in the midst of terrain so spectacularly strange that it sometimes seems to speak a language all its own.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

A visual work of art and its simple story moves as effortlessly as the sands in a forsaken desert in northern Brazil.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It all seems as bleak and empty as the desert.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

It is a wondrous place, almost of another planet, and more than compensation for the effort to get there.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

It ends up like an impressionist painting without a subject, one we stare at longingly, waiting for its purpose to emerge.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Both characters make gradual evolutions, but don't blame audiences if they're too dazed and dry-mouthed to notice.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a hypnotic epic starring the wonderful fernanda montenegro and her real-life daughter, the film follows 3 generations of women for 60 odd years trapped in a… More
Robert Brogan
The House of Sand features excellent acting and good storytelling. While there may be some problems with the plot itself, it was believable that it was… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "House of Sand," it is 1910 and Aurea(Fernanda Torres) is pregnant and married to Vasco(Ruy Guerra), an older man who abuses… More
William Goss
Slow pacing, soapy plot can't hold back solid performances, direction.
John Ballantine
I was fascinated by the existence in the desert. It was such an interesting setting for me. Not to say that I didn't enjoy the film itself.