Magazine article New Internationalist

Behind the Sun (Abril Despedacado) Directed by Walter Salles

Magazine article New Internationalist

Behind the Sun (Abril Despedacado) Directed by Walter Salles

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Like a demented ghost, a bloody shirt, pinned by the arms, flaps in the wind. In the burning sun the Breves family examines the colour. When it's faded to yellow the elder son Tonio will set out to avenge his dead brother. And when he has killed his brother's killer - one of the Ferreira clan - his victim's brother will, in turn, set out to kill Tonio. And so it goes on.

The blood feud may seem an unlikely subject for Salles, director of the Oscarnominated Central Station. But like Ismail Kadare's Albanian novel, Broken April, which Salles has adapted and relocated in the north-east of his native Brazil, Behind the Sun pits reason and humanity against pointless, brutal tradition.

Salles is a great storyteller. His tale has a tragic inevitability, but its denouement is, at the same time, surprising. In its sweltering action and locale the film has a harrowing authenticity. …

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