Vidas Secas (Barren Lives) (1963)
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A powerfully emotive portrait... this seminal film of the [Cinema Novo] movement is as naturalistic and heartwrenchingly earnest as any Vittorio De Sica weepie.
Audience Reviews for Vidas Secas (Barren Lives)
kinda like a mexican 'the bicycle thief' as it follows a poor campesino family as the try to survive
Weak! The book is so much better. This movie was insanely boring. Acting was also terrible by most part of the cast.
Vidas Secas (1963) Great movie by Brazilain New Wave (60s) director. He also directed "How Tasty My Frenchman" In my mind Vidas Secas (Dry Years or Barren Years) is one of the top brazilian films ever made and it is a masterpiece. this Brazilian GRAPES OF WRATH is set in the early 1940s. This film makes John Ford´s adaptation of Steinbeck look positively cheerful by comparison. Where Steinbeck's characters fought back no such optimism exists in Vidas Secas. An itinerant family's search for a better life seems to lead nowhere. The husband finds work as a cowhand, the wife wants nothing more than a leather bed to sleep in. The stark, black and white cinematography with which the sun-bleached, barren landscape was shot underscores the poverty the family is trying to escape. Kudos to the director who was able to coax an admirable performance from the family's dog. It's a totally engaging film w/ effectively subdued performances from the principals. Reminiscent of Italian Neo-Realist cinema, this makes for rewarding viewing. Really an excellent film and the sound track really adds to the film. highest recommendation five stars
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