Behind the Sun

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16

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User Reviews

  1. Imran
    Mar 9, 2005
    9
    Unbelievably wel knitted film... extraordinary scoring... marvellous acting & a wonderful grip on direction & story.... haven't seen a movie like this in years !
  2. PepeB.
    Dec 1, 2002
    10
    I loved the deep love between the two brothers and the sacrifice one another makes to spend as much time as posslbe- It it a symbol a vicious cycle until until some gutsy person decides to break free- like the kid that dies at the end and the older boy that breaks away from their family...they both reach a type of freedom...
  3. CharlesA.
    Apr 8, 2002
    7
    Beautiful.
  4. CorineG.
    Mar 9, 2003
    10
    I love this movie! I've watched it five times already and I just can't get enough!
  5. ClovisS.
    Feb 4, 2004
    10
    This is a great movie, i just wanna say that everybory need to see this, because is just beautiful!!
  6. VincentD.
    May 17, 2004
    9
    This movie makes you think and ponder on things and how life can be complicated depending on the culture, traditions, and family ties. but most of all, the film showed us the realization of the costs of pride and how can one simple decision make a difference in breaking the entire cycle.
  7. LeonardoR.
    Jul 16, 2002
    10
    Fascinating! The film is kept simple but immensely moving, just like the alternation between sun and rain in the barren lands of Brazil.
  8. [Anonymous]
    Sep 4, 2002
    6
    Breathtaking images but the story is simple and shallow. Works as a poem-movie.
  9. AndreR.
    Nov 24, 2002
    10
    Walter Salles is a GENIOUS!
  10. TammyH.
    Jul 14, 2002
    10
    Beautifully woven tapestry of love, honor and brotherhood.
  11. Diana
    Mar 11, 2005
    9
    Impressive images and well-told story.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. A powerful allegory.
  3. Carvalho's superb cinematography, Antonio Pinto's score and a dedicated cast and crew admirably sustain this poetic and uncompromising film.