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Behind the Sun Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2010
The appearance of circus performers in any film not by Fellini usually bodes ill, and it does so here.
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
November 12, 2003
a family saga told with all the muscle of the best Sergio Leone western.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 12, 2003
A sumptuously filmed parable on the futility of violence.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 27, 2002
A family blood feud between neighbors over land in the rural sugarcane fields of the Brazil of 1910.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A bleak, beautiful cinematic fable driven by the brutal logic of blood feuds and transformed by an overpowering sense of wonder.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
July 13, 2002
Gets away with its shortfalls almost solely on the basis of its cinematography.
| Original Score: 73/100
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
June 15, 2002
Poignant and touching.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
May 4, 2002
[An] example of how old-fashioned cinema can still be quietly thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 3, 2002
Salles' movie taps into matters that are at once ancient and mythical and, needless to say, headline-fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2002
Salles starts with the loudly trumpeted theme, then tacks on a slim plot to justify the clamour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rod Armstrong
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 24, 2002
Becomes nothing more than a waiting game -- an annoying, endless deathwatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Neil Smith
April 22, 2002
Full of poetic imagery, dazzling photography and heartfelt performances from a mostly unknown cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 19, 2002
A lovely journey, but it's like a picture book whose text is merely incidental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
April 19, 2002
Salles is a fine director with the ability to invest moments with a sense of tragedy and inexorable fate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 19, 2002
Salles here gives a story of inter-familial feuding and violence the kind of resonance that readily invites a leap to wider implications.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Renee Graham
Boston Globe
April 19, 2002
Poignant and wrenching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2002
After a certain point, no one is right and no one is wrong, both sides have boundless grievances, and it's the audience that wants to run away with the circus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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