Behind the Sun

Released 2001


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Behind the Sun

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Walter Salles
Behind the Sun tells the story of an epic feud between the Breves the Ferreira families. Set in the Brazilian badlands of the early 1900s, the two families both earn their living farming sugar cane. A long-standing feud over land has turned violent, causing much bloodshed. When Inacio Breves (Caio Junquiera) is murdered by the Ferreiras, his grieving father orders his older son, Tonho (Rodridgo Santoro), to kill one of the Ferreira sons in retaliation. Tonho questions the wisdom of their bloody rivalry and ponders his fate as he spends time with his youngest brother Pacu (Ravi Ramos Lacerda). The two brothers discover a small circus traveling through town and meet Clara (Flavia Marco Antonio), a beautiful circus performer who catches the eye of Tonho. Tonho begins to fall in love with Clara, bringing him into conflict with his supposed destiny. Should he do what has been asked by his father and contribute to the bloodshed, or should he rebel against it?moreless


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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Carvalho's superb cinematography, Antonio Pinto's score and a dedicated cast and crew admirably sustain this poetic and uncompromising film.

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    Consummately crafted and stunningly shot in magnificent locations deep in Brazil's remote northeastern badlands, the film unapologetically courts the commercial curve of the intern...

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The blend of grim violence with romantic whimsy tilts toward sentimentality. Mr. Salles has the confidence of a storyteller too entranced by his tale to worry about the resistance ...

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