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Behind the Sun Reviews

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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 18, 2002
Salles ... has found the beauty not only in this terrible place, but in a story by novelist Ismail Kadaré that originally was set in Albania.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2002
Salles ... has crafted a compelling existential tableau.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 27, 2002
arthouse fans hunger for a lot more than tortilla chips for an appetizer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 23, 2002
At once sharp and hallucinatory and, though deliberate and self-consciously 'artistic,' quite affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 10, 2002
Turns a potentially interesting story into, well, refined sugar.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2002
A rewarding parable on the futility of revenge and the redemptive power of self-sacrificing love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

E! Online
January 4, 2002
Despite its bleakness, this Sun shines.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 4, 2002
You're always aware ... that you're watching a quaintly middle-class, museum-poster notion of an 'elemental' peasant fable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
December 31, 2001
Behind the Sun is a glorious revelation....critics-and audiences-will welcome this to their top ten lists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 24, 2001
Salles shows us through this powerful parable that true peace will come only when individuals disarm their hearts and act in love.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
December 21, 2001
Salles is a master storyteller, and the film's pacing is flawless.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jan Stuart
December 21, 2001
A dreary Aristotelian tragedy whose contemporary geopolitical relevance cannot compensate for the lack of gripping protagonists.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 21, 2001
Salles has the confidence of a storyteller too entranced by his tale to worry about the resistance of his audience, which he thus effortlessly overcomes.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 21, 2001
A gorgeously photographed, sun-baked fable about a rural vendetta.
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine
December 21, 2001
A tragedy shot through with moments of blinding brilliance.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
December 18, 2001
The trajectory is grimly inevitable, and yet its final descent still manages to startle.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
December 14, 2001
Salles and Carvalho turn every moment of Behind the Sun into a sumptuous feast for the eyes.
Harvey S. Karten
December 13, 2001
A stunning tale of revenge and family rebellion in the Brazil of 1910.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
December 13, 2001
A worthy but somewhat less-than-satisfying follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Central Station.
Dave White
December 13, 2001
It's a fine movie, but it's not quite dynamic enough to earn much more than your respect.
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