Lavoura Arcaica (To the Left of the Father) (2001)
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Critic Reviews for Lavoura Arcaica (To the Left of the Father)
Rather than pull you into the story, the movie's tricked-out manner -- the mournful music, the actors' overwrought emotionalism, the excruciatingly claustrophobic camerawork -- shoves you away.
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An intense, baroque epic that just misses greatness, To the Left of the Father is still a unique film experience.
Audience Reviews for Lavoura Arcaica (To the Left of the Father)
at 172 minutes this epic drama is lavish, violent lyrical and almost dreamlike. like the 16th and 17th century english writers and poets it looks back lovingly at a simple farm life and a family with nostalgia and longing to return to that life as a big tight knit family as the oldest brother tries to bring back his other brother who has run away.
I usually love Brazilian movies. I also do not mind at all if a movie is slow. With this movie, however, I could not get past the first 10 minutes. I found each scene intolerable long and the poetic voice-over really unsuitable for the scenes. I bet it might be a good movie, but I just did not get hooked up at the beginning.