Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) (1963)

Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) (1963)

Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

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 struggle to earn a living when they take a job overseeing the livestock of a wealthy rancher. They move into an abandoned house, and their fortunes begin to take an upward turn. The father is duped into a card game with a crooked local policeman. The ranch hand protests, and a fight ensues that results in his beating by the cop. Despite being the victim of injustice, the man believes there should be some semblance of law and order and makes no protest about the incident. A severe drought has the man moving on from the ranch with his family to earn their living elsewhere. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 22, 2005

Watch it now

News & Interviews for Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)

Critic Reviews for Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

One of the best of the early Cinema Novo films.

Full Review… | September 30, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 30, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 25, 2006
Premiere Magazine

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

Full Review… | January 21, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)

kinda like a mexican 'the bicycle thief' as it follows a poor campesino family as the try to survive

Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) on our Movie forum!