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A young man is forced to choose between family tradition and his own dreams and desires in this drama from Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles. In 1910 in a remote farming community, two families, the Breveses and the Ferreiras, both of whom earn their living growing sugar cane, have been squabbling over the ownership of a piece of land for years. The disagreement turned violent some time back, and after the first shot was fired and blood was spilled, the other family insisted upon killing the gunman as a matter of...
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Overview

A young man is forced to choose between family tradition and his own dreams and desires in this drama from Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles. In 1910 in a remote farming community, two families, the Breveses and the Ferreiras, both of whom earn their living growing sugar cane, have been squabbling over the ownership of a piece of land for years. The disagreement turned violent some time back, and after the first shot was fired and blood was spilled, the other family insisted upon killing the gunman as a matter of honor. The second shooter was then killed for the same reason, and ever since the two clans have been trading off murders in the name of familial honor and justice. The Breveses, who are a much smaller family, have been suffering a great deal more than their rivals thanks to this feud; a steady drop in sugar prices has also left the family with little but their pride. When Inácio, the first-born son of the Breves family, is shot down, his father José Dumont orders his next-oldest son, Tonho Rodrigo Santoro, to kill one of the Ferreira boys after the traditional month-long waiting period. Tonho finds himself questioning the wisdom of this bloody rivalry, and he ponders his fate while spending time with his younger brother Ravi Ramos Lacerda, whom his parents never bothered to name. As Tonho ponders his fate, a small traveling circus comes to town; Tonho and his brother are soon caught in the spell of Clara Flavia Marco Antonio, a beautiful circus performer who befriends the young boy and nicknames him Pacu, while Tonho finds himself falling in love with her, and longing to travel the country at her side. Abril Despedacado won the Little Golden Lion award at the 2001 Venice Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Perched somewhere between fable and realistic drama, Abril Despedacado manages to be engrossing without fully engaging our sympathies for its characters. While the voiceover of the film's narrator, ten-year-old Pacu (Ravi Ramos Lacerda), insists that his family's life is one of grinding poverty, we're watching beautifully lit and composed shots of their labors that undercut the message. The theme of escape, from both the smothering obligations of family and an isolated rural existence, is nicely illustrated by the brothers Pacu, with the gift book that he can't read, and Tonho (Rodrigo Santoro), with his yearning for the traveling circus acrobat Clara (Flavia Marco Antonio), who in turn is plotting her own escape from a dominating stepfather. The idea that a feud between families (which can be extrapolated to ethnic groups or even nations) takes on a life of its own is underscored when the boys' mother mutters, "In this house, the dead command the living." The film's best touch is a bit of narrative misdirection that leads to a satisfying conclusion to a tale of family honor carried to hateful extremes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • EAN: 8809154126008
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Source: Imports
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,262

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
José Dumont Father
Rodrigo Santoro Tonho
Rita Assemany Mother
Luis Carlos Vasconcelos Salustiano
Ravi Ramos Lacerda Pacu
Flavia Marco Antonio Clara
Othon Bastos Mr. Lourenco
Soia Lira Ferreira Family
Caio Junqueira Inácio
Vinicius de Oliveira Ferreira Family
Wagner Moura Matheus
Gero Camilo Reginaldo
Servilio De Holanda Isaias
Mariana Loureiro Widow
Maria Do Socorro Nobre Forreira Family
Everaldo De Souza Pontes Old blind man
Technical Credits
Walter Salles Jr. Director, Screenwriter
Beth Accioly Casting
Karim Aïnouz Screenwriter
Cao Albuquerque Costumes/Costume Designer
Cassio Amarante Production Designer
Simon Arnal-Szlovak Associate Producer
Caroline Benjo Associate Producer
Mauricio Couto Bevilaqua Special Effects
Lillian Birnbaum Executive Producer
Walter Carvalho Cinematographer
Arthur Cohn Producer
Ed Cortes Score Composer
Monica Costa Set Decoration/Design
Christina Crassaris Associate Producer
Yuri Souza De Almeida Producer
Márcia Faria Asst. Director
Philippe Hubin Special Effects
Jean Labadie Associate Producer
Sérgio Machado Screenwriter
Luciana Meula Executive Producer
Gabi Moraes Makeup
Richard Mosimom Associate Producer
Etienne Parlier Associate Producer
Pimenta Jr. Producer
Antonio Pinto Score Composer
Mauricio Andrade Ramos Executive Producer
Isabelle Rathery Editor
Carole Scotta Associate Producer
Paula Maciel E Silva Executive Producer
Martin Macias Trujillo Makeup
Beto Villares Score Composer
Ruth Waldburger Associate Producer
Guillaume Watrinet Special Effects
Waldir Xavier Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautifully made

    You must see this fantastic, human, beautifull film made by Salles. It´s so moving, well made. The photograph is marverlous. It´s an exciting travel to the north east of Brazil in 1910. You´ll never forget!

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