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Barren Lives (1963)

Vidas Secas (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 11 December 1967 (Sweden)
A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Átila Iório Átila Iório ... Fabiano
Maria Ribeiro Maria Ribeiro ... Sinhá Vitória (Mother)
Orlando Macedo Orlando Macedo ... Soldado Amarelo (Soldier)
Joffre Soares Joffre Soares ... Fazendeiro (Farmer)
Gilvan Lima Gilvan Lima ... Boy (as Gilvan)
Genivaldo Lima Genivaldo Lima ... Boy (as Genivaldo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orlando Chagas Orlando Chagas
Ignacio Costa Ignacio Costa
Nabor Costa Nabor Costa
Oscar de Souza Oscar de Souza
José Leite José Leite
Vanuterio Maia Vanuterio Maia
Manuel Ordonio Manuel Ordonio
Maria Rosa Maria Rosa
Antonio Soarez Antonio Soarez
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A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place to live, with food and work. But the drought and misery destroy their hopes. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

11 December 1967 (Sweden) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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the film that best shows the reality it lasts and cruel of the poor people of the northeast of Brazil.
21 May 1999 | by emppgSee all my reviews

Typical representative of the call "Cinema Novo" in Brazil, that film is beautiful. With picture in black and white, the history was based on a classic of the Brazilian literature and it rotates around a family it expels of your earth for the dry climate, with thirst and hunger, migrating for an inhospitable landscape in search of a better life. Even a character so difficult of representing, the female dog " Baleia ", it has an anthological interpretation.


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