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 20, 2002
A bleak, beautiful cinematic fable driven by the brutal logic of blood feuds and transformed by an overpowering sense of wonder.
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 22, 2002
Full of poetic imagery, dazzling photography and heartfelt performances from a mostly unknown cast.
April 19, 2002
A lovely journey, but it's like a picture book whose text is merely incidental.
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 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.
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 7, 2002
A rewarding parable on the futility of revenge and the redemptive power of self-sacrificing love.
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.
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.
December 21, 2001
A gorgeously photographed, sun-baked fable about a rural vendetta.
December 18, 2001
The trajectory is grimly inevitable, and yet its final descent still manages to startle.
December 13, 2001
A worthy but somewhat less-than-satisfying follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Central Station.
December 12, 2001
Provides a window into a radically different time and place.