With a strong sense of compassion for the impoverished and an underlying hatred for the injustice, this is one of the first works from Brazil’s Cinema Novo. A poor Brazilian family struggle to earn a living when they take a job overseeing the livestock of a wealthy rancher.
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A waterless, not arid film, as concentrated as its scrub-vagabonding thirsty creatures, skin on bones, frugal but striking. Fear as the point of maximal compression of the being. The expectation of the worse after a hard decision causes an inner castling up. More than elsewhere, in fear I am. As I bring myself together in the limits of my being, fear outlines and restricts its domain. Not a part of me remains, loose,
With clear inspiration from the Italian neo realists, this film is as harsh and unforgiving as the desert landscape that serves as the backdrop. The camera movements and editing in this picture are some of the most inventive and inspired I've seen bringing an other worldly quality to this bleak film and puts you right in the center of this emotional journey of desperation and survival with a hint of surrealism.
35mm. Facto: a historical film of Brazilian cinematography. Subjectivity: endowed with an ambitious narrative of a social hungry (in its various meanings), and much influenced by Italian neo-realism, its immense generosity is equivalent to its absolutist (will of) exemplarity.
One of the landmark films of Latin American cinema, this peripatetic tale of suffering follows a family in the barren and vast hinterland. The family's Calvary is taken with dignity and quietude in this poverty-stricken part of the world. De Santos' neorealism makes effective use of sound as an alienating effect and the theological metonymies may be obvious, yet nonetheless poignant. Superbly photographed too!
Vidas Secas captures a deeply memorable account of the underdevelopment and vast socio-economic disparity that plagues the Northeast. It impresses with a relentless depiction of its memorable characters and symbiosis between nature and human existence. In center, a family that thinks but rarely speaks,they accept and face the reality of their everyday lives heroically and with impressive stoicism. One to remember.
I wanted to like this better but the parents are particularly ignorant, which was the point but they were far too frustrating to deal with. I felt so bad for the child and the dog, a stray adopted by the director and part of a scene that is very difficult to watch. If you've seen it you know what I mean.