Behind the Sun Reviews

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December 30, 2006
December 6, 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
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.
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.
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 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
Salles is a fine director with the ability to invest moments with a sense of tragedy and inexorable fate.
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.
April 19, 2002
Poignant and wrenching.
April 18, 2002
Salles ... has found the beauty not only in this terrible place, but in a story by novelist Ismail Kadar that originally was set in Albania.
April 18, 2002
Salles ... has crafted a compelling existential tableau.
January 23, 2002
At once sharp and hallucinatory and, though deliberate and self-consciously 'artistic,' quite affecting.
January 7, 2002
A rewarding parable on the futility of revenge and the redemptive power of self-sacrificing love.
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