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187 Ratings

To the Left of the Father

Lavoura Arcaica

Brazil, 2001


One young man’s forbidden love threatens to tear his family apart in this epic-length period drama from Brazil. In a strict, religious home in the early ’40s, teenage Andre is being torn apart inside by his uncontrollable lust for his sister Ana.

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To the Left of the Father Directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho

Awards & Festivals

São Paulo International Film Festival

2001 | Winner: Best Brazilian Feature Film (Audience Award)

Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

2002 | 3 wins including: ADF Cinematography Award

2002 | Special Mention: International Competition

Critics reviews

It’s not that Carvalho’s film “feels longer” than 171 minutes. In fact, one of the things that makes To the Left of the Father seem so sui generis is its pacing and editing. Carvalho has made a film that is mythic in all senses… The mythic suggestion of otherworldly time continually collides with a more restless, impatient film grammar, resulting in a film that hovers like grace and then erupts in violent, even ecstatic convulsions.
November 29, 2013
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