Behind The Sun (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5

Original title:  Abril Despedacado

Brazil/France/Switzerland2001Bac Films, Dan Valley Film AG, Haut et Court, VideoFilmes.  Screenplay by , , Walter Salles, additional dialogue by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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