Michael Sauter
June 28, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Behind the Sun

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/19/02
performer
Jose Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Flavia Marco Antonio
director
Walter Salles
distributor
Miramax
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Tragedy appears inevitable in the latest work by Walter Salles (Central Station), about a blood feud between Brazilian farm families. As you watch the impoverished Breves family toil on the sun-baked land while they await retribution in an endless vendetta, it’s possible to believe that dying will be a release. The story takes place in 1910, but Salles’ solemn tone and poetic imagery make it seem as timeless as a folktale.

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