Behind the Sun Reviews

April 1, 2010
The appearance of circus performers in any film not by Fellini usually bodes ill, and it does so here.
July 3, 2005
September 27, 2002
A family blood feud between neighbors over land in the rural sugarcane fields of the Brazil of 1910.
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.
May 3, 2002
Salles starts with the loudly trumpeted theme, then tacks on a slim plot to justify the clamour.
April 24, 2002
Becomes nothing more than a waiting game -- an annoying, endless deathwatch.
April 19, 2002
A lovely journey, but it's like a picture book whose text is merely incidental.
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.
January 27, 2002
arthouse fans hunger for a lot more than tortilla chips for an appetizer.
January 10, 2002
Turns a potentially interesting story into, well, refined sugar.
January 4, 2002
You're always aware ... that you're watching a quaintly middle-class, museum-poster notion of an 'elemental' peasant fable.
December 21, 2001
A dreary Aristotelian tragedy whose contemporary geopolitical relevance cannot compensate for the lack of gripping protagonists.