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Walter Salles's international hit Behind the Sun comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Portuguese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from Disney/Buena Vista that boasts excellent sound and picture quality. Those with an interest in world cinema should certainly find this ...
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Walter Salles's international hit Behind the Sun comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Portuguese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from Disney/Buena Vista that boasts excellent sound and picture quality. Those with an interest in world cinema should certainly find this title of interest.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Original language track (Portuguese); English subtitles; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Theatrical trailer
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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: 6/11/2002
  • UPC: 786936185430
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Portugais
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Gero Camilo Reginaldo
Servilio De Holanda Isaias
Vinicius de Oliveira Ferreira Family
Caio Junqueira Inácio
Soia Lira Ferreira Family
Mariana Loureiro Widow
Wagner Moura Matheus
Maria Do Socorro Nobre Forreira Family
Everaldo De Souza Pontes Old blind man
Technical Credits
Walter Sales Director, Screenwriter
Walter Salles Jr. Director, Screenwriter
Beth Accioly Casting
Karim Aïnouz Screenwriter
Cao Albuquerque Costumes/Costume Designer
Cassio Amarante Production Designer
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
Simon Arnal-Szlovak Associate 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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Unbearable Burdens? [5:05]
2. Death and Dreams [2:53]
3. "An Eye for an Eye" [11:05]
4. "The Truce Is Granted" [7:17]
5. A Book From a Girl [6:41]
6. Selling Sugar [4:39]
7. Going Nowhere [2:56]
8. A Circus and a Name [6:36]
9. "You Have to Go Away" [3:59]
10. Born Dead or Alive [5:24]
11. Circling Connections [7:57]
12. Tonho Returns [5:07]
13. The Shirt Decides [7:43]
14. Pacu's Story [6:47]
15. To the Sea [5:03]
16. End Credits [2:32]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Captions and Subtitles
      Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: None
   Sneak Peeks
      Amélie
      Life Is Beautiful
      The Taste of Others
      Miramax Gold
      The Closet
      With a Friend Like Harry
   Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selection
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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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