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  • Summary: José Renato, a 35 year old geologist, is sent on a fieldtrip to the scrublands of the Sertão, a semi-arid isolated region in the Northeast of Brazil. The goal of his survey is to assess possible routes for a water canal from the region’s only voluminous river. As the fieldtrip progresses, we sense that José Renato has something in common with the places he visits: emptiness, a sense of abandonment and isolation. But he presses ahead, continuing the trip in hope that the crossing can somehow transmute his feelings. (Figa Films) Expand
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 22, 2011
    100
    The movie's true brilliance comes from its portrayal of how the world curls around you in the grip of heartache-every song on the radio, every face you see, every story you're told reflecting only what you've lost.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Mar 22, 2011
    100
    Utterly unpretentious and deeply touching.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 29, 2011
    91
    The visual collage retains a consistent melancholy, resulting in an experience that's both deeply affecting and-since José never actually appears on-camera-utterly detached.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Mar 22, 2011
    90
    Road movies don't get any purer.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 24, 2011
    80
    Coming in at a tight 75 minutes, this strikingly original travelogue glides on the lovely lilt of Mr. Santos's Portuguese narration.
  6. Reviewed by: John P. McCarthy
    Mar 27, 2011
    80
    Has a stirring elemental feel and constitutes filmmaking at its most basic and transfixing.
  7. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    May 5, 2011
    80
    Their use of multiple formats-including digital video, Super 8, and 35-millimeter slides-gives the movie the texture of a worn scrapbook.
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  1. May 3, 2012
    9
    This film is something special. It provokes sense of loneliness, abandonment as well as hope at the same time. I have never seen a movie like this one and to be able to watch it, it feels like I've found something I truly strive for in the world of film. It is so realistic and profound that you could directly link to the man's emotional experience. A beautiful sorrowful film. Expand

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