Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)
Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) (1963)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

One of the best of the early Cinema Novo films.

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Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

A powerfully emotive portrait... this seminal film of the [Cinema Novo] movement is as naturalistic and heartwrenchingly earnest as any Vittorio De Sica weepie.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Like Ford's The Grapes of Wrath, another oft-misread seditious text, the film seems primed for a revolution.

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Carlos Magalh„es
One of the most important Brazilian films ever made is this classic, unrestrained story of poverty and hardship as faced by a family living in a hellish, barren… More