- Language: English, Portuguese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000640VQ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Top Customer Reviews
So, when renowned and respected film critic David Parkinson was rather short with his praises, I didn't want to believe him. He said of under all the beautifully shot landscapes and evocative images, the whole lacked emotional depth. At times, it does seem that the star is the cinematography and a bit more rawness might make the characters more approachable and real.
The story itself is a fairly savage one, one of feudal dispute that ritually ends in a seemingly sacrificial death, between neighbours, over land. Set against the early 1900's production of sugar cane molasses, we have the 20 yr old Tonho,(Rodrigo Santoro) son of a farmer (Jose Dumont) who is condemned to die if he carries out a feudal pact. His younger brother, known only as 'the kid', helps knit the story together and as a cheeky youngster keeps it fresh and approachable, often with a naive fantasy element that helps with the otherwise heavy-ish subject matter.
When a beautiful young circus trapeze artist rolls into town, Tonho embarks on a journey of sexual and self discovery with her and this becomes a nicely distracting theme of the film until it finally changes tack and back to the original story.
I could have given this five stars - the storytelling and the aforementioned imagery could warrant that alone but it is quite a bit down on the other two Salle's works I referred to at the beginning.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
such a nice movie - but be worn it is not easy to watch. The conflicts would make you feel uncomfortable. I do not want to spoil anything.Published on 26 Mar. 2015 by Brother Jung
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE foreign movies, I love anything different, epic or even tragic. I had high hopes for this and parts were quite good, however I don't know exactly why but... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2014 by Violet Rain
A harsh and stark film both in the scenery and the characters, but ultimately moving in its version of the futility of human life, and the wharping of morality that occurs when... Read morePublished on 16 April 2010 by James M-C
I won't bore you with another synopsis of this film as others have said all there is to say.
I bought this on the strength of the reviews on here and being a fan of foreign... Read more
Behind the Sun is a film about pride, honour, poverty and sacrifice & how these emotional states are intrinsically linked. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2010 by R. A. Starczewski
It may be true of Brasil but nothing that i expected.
Seems more spiritual or religious than Brasilian culture.
BRAZILIAN BLOOD FEUD WHICH DEMANDS EQUIVOCAL BLOOD VOLUMES AS MOLASSES OF SUGAR CANE-
when salles decided to film kadares book he could never have guessed he was going... Read more
This is still happpening... Shows that the world is more diverse than we are used to.
Although sad it's about tradition, values, beliefs... Read more