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Behind the Sun (2001)

Abril Despedaçado (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 1 May 2002 (Brazil)
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When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

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Walter Salles

Writers:

Karim Aïnouz (screenplay) (as Karim Ainouz), Ismail Kadare (novel) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Dumont José Dumont ... Father
Rodrigo Santoro ... Tonho
Rita Assemany Rita Assemany ... Mother
Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos ... Salustiano
Flavia Marco Antonio Flavia Marco Antonio ... Clara
Ravi Ramos Lacerda ... Pacu
Caio Junqueira ... Inácio
Everaldo Pontes Everaldo Pontes ... Old Blind Man (as Everaldo de Souza Pontes)
Mariana Loureiro Mariana Loureiro ... Widow
Servílio de Holanda Servílio de Holanda ... Isaías
Wagner Moura ... Matheus
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Reginaldo
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Mr. Lourenço
Vinícius de Oliveira Vinícius de Oliveira ... Ferreira Family Member
Soia Lira Soia Lira ... Ferreira Family Member
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Storyline

The Brazilian badlands, April 1910. Tonho is ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother. The young man knows that if he commits this crime, his life will be divided in two: the 20 years he has already lived and the few days he has left to live, before the other family avenges their son's death. He is torn between fulfilling his ancestral duty and rebelling against it, urged by his younger brother Pacu. That's when a tiny traveling circus passes through the vast badlands where Tonho's family lives. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Brazil | France | Switzerland

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1 May 2002 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Shredded April See more »

Filming Locations:

Bom Sossego, Bahia, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,671, 16 December 2001

Gross USA:

$19,861

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$805,755
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Brazil to the 2002's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

Quotes

Mother: Even the worst life is better than being slaughtered like an animal.
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References Os Trapalhões e o Mágico de Oróz (1984) See more »

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Don't miss it!
2 January 2003 | by electrobirdSee all my reviews

I think that - along with Central Station - this is the finest movie ever to come out of Brazil. Walter Salles shows he can go beyond the cheap formula of violence/misery/sex that populated most Brazilian films in the past. While showing the true face of poverty, he doesn't nourish the expectation with such corny stereotypes. That's chasing scene will stay in my mind forever. I am glad to see that Brazilian cinema is experiencing its richer moment since the 1960's.

The first time I've heard about Behind the Sun, I thought it was a tale based on the true story of two families in the state of Paraiba. The ongoing vendetta was in the news all over the 1970's. I was surprised to hear that `Abril Despedaçado' was in fact based on a book from an Albanian writer. It's amazing how the Brazilian Northeastern backdrops fit the plot perfectly. The movie describes the economical changes - cattle ranchers taking over the decadent sugarcane farms - that happen in that region following the end of slavery in the late 19th century.

The actors are superb - particularly the splendid veteran Jose Dumont, who plays the father; it is hard to believe that only nine of them are professionals! The photography is strikingly beautiful.

It impress me the reactions regarding the casting of Rodrigo Santoro for the role of Tonho. Has anyone ever met an average 1910's sugarcane picker of Brazil's Northeast region???? I don't see the same reactions when a young and handsome Al Pacino is chosen to play Serpico, or when Julia Roberts is cast to play Erin Brokovitch. How many roles Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt would get if casting directors took such nonsense seriously? Well, for me Rodrigo Santoro was a pleasant surprise.

Just as a note, this film was not shot at the Pampas, as someone said. The semiarid region in the Northeast of Brazil is known as Sertão (and that vegetation is called Caatinga). The vast grassy and treeless plains known as Pampas - great for cattle, you will not find cactuses or sugar cane there - are located in the South of Brazil and go all the way to Central Argentina. Thousands of miles away from the arid Northeast.

I loved this movie!


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