(out of 5)
Walter Salles’ follow-up to his breathtaking Central Station is this uneven drama, photographed gorgeously by Walter Carvalho. The story takes place in 1910 Brazil where a feud between bickering landowners threatens to wipe out two entire families. A poor farming family’s son has been killed (for having killed the other family’s son) and his brother is sent to avenge him. He does so, but afterwards is targeted by his victim’s clan for vengeance. However, this eye-for-an-eye life makes the young man wonder if maybe things shouldn’t be different, and his little nameless brother also feels the same way. A romance with a circus girl adds colour to otherwise plodding film that deserves to be so much better, but oddly enough is completely unaffecting.
Directed by Walter Salles
Cinematography by Walter Carvalho
Produced by Arthur Cohn
Production Design by Cassio Amarante
Costume Design by Cao Albuquerque
Film Editing by Isabelle Rathery