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.

Director:

Walter Salles

Writers:

Karim Aïnouz (screenplay) (as Karim Ainouz), Ismail Kadare (novel) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 21 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 ... 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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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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A masterpiece
30 June 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Behind the Sun" tells a simple story about two families locked in a blood feud over sugar cane land in the late 19th century somewhere in a desolate, parched Brazil. The film is no less than a masterwork of simplicity; a richly textured, finely nuanced, artfully crafted drama which tells its story as much through evinced emotion as through dialogue. Not for everyone, "Behind the Sun" will likely be too austere for the public at large while providing a feast for cinema purists. Thanks to Cohn, Salles, and crew for their hard work in making a film for the few, not the many.

Note - I've viewed almost 900 films in the past three years and only rated two of them a 10. The first was "Band of Brothers". "Behind the Sun" is the second.


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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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2.35 : 1
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