Behind the Sun Image
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  • Summary: Set in the Brazilian badlands in 1910, Behind the Sun tells the story of two families locked in a generations-old deadly feud. It started out as a battle over land, but now it's escalated into a series of reprisals that is claiming the lives of the young men on both sides. (Miramax Films)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    That tragedy looms heavily in Behind the Sun only makes its life-affirming moments -- resonate more deeply and powerfully in a film that is one of the year's best.
  2. Beautiful to watch and universal in theme by any name.
  3. A compelling existential tableau: sweating bodies, creaking mills turned by numbed oxen, people facing the daily and seasonal cycles of life with little hope of breaking free. Behind the Sun is forceful stuff.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    This tale is both redemptive and tragic, if occasionally melodramatic.
  5. A gorgeously photographed, sun-baked fable.
  6. 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 of his audience, which he thus effortlessly overcomes.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Sartin
    40
    The appearance of circus performers in any film not by Fellini usually bodes ill, and it does so here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11