Behind the Sun Reviews

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April 1, 2010
The appearance of circus performers in any film not by Fellini usually bodes ill, and it does so here.
December 30, 2006
December 6, 2005
July 3, 2005
November 12, 2003
a family saga told with all the muscle of the best Sergio Leone western.
June 12, 2003
A sumptuously filmed parable on the futility of violence.
December 8, 2002
September 27, 2002
A family blood feud between neighbors over land in the rural sugarcane fields of the Brazil of 1910.
July 20, 2002
A bleak, beautiful cinematic fable driven by the brutal logic of blood feuds and transformed by an overpowering sense of wonder.
July 13, 2002
Gets away with its shortfalls almost solely on the basis of its cinematography.
July 11, 2002
The first time I saw the Brazilian Behind the Sun, there were no subtitles, and I couldn't understand a word. The second time, it had subtitles, and, to tell you the truth, the first time was better.
June 15, 2002
Poignant and touching.
May 4, 2002
[An] example of how old-fashioned cinema can still be quietly thrilling.
May 3, 2002
Salles' movie taps into matters that are at once ancient and mythical and, needless to say, headline-fresh.
May 3, 2002
Salles starts with the loudly trumpeted theme, then tacks on a slim plot to justify the clamour.
April 26, 2002
As a story about two warring families, it is poignant, beautifully shot, and powerful. As an allegory reflecting on the cycles of violence that threaten all of our futures, it is absolutely necessary.
April 24, 2002
Becomes nothing more than a waiting game -- an annoying, endless deathwatch.
April 22, 2002
Full of poetic imagery, dazzling photography and heartfelt performances from a mostly unknown cast.
April 19, 2002
There isn't a line that doesn't echo with heavy meaning or a character that has a life outside his or her dramatic purpose in this allegory.
April 19, 2002
A lovely journey, but it's like a picture book whose text is merely incidental.
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