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House of Sand

House of Sand

Rated:R
Studio:Sony Pictures Releasing International
Director:Andrucha Waddington
Cast:Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres, Ruy Guerra, Seu Jorge, Luis Melodia
Screen Writer:Andrucha Waddington, Elena Soarez, Luiz Carlos Barreto
Music Score:Joao Barone
Release Date:2006
Genre:Foreign
Our Rating:

Taking place over six decades in the vast, dusty hinterlands of Brazilís northern deserts, House of Sand is nothing if not expansive. Filling this canvas to great if occasionally confusing effect are two of Brazilís best actresses (Fernanda Montenegro and her daughter, Fernanda Torres), who switch roles at different points as the frequently time-shifting story unfolds. Having followed her husband into this wasteland (he had a claim on some land), only to have him die on her, Dona Maria (Montenegro) decides to tough it out with her daughter (Torres), a decision probably made more palatable by the presence of a helpful and none-too-ugly local villager (played by musician Seu Jorge). The dramatic and often sad lives led by the women yield surprisingly intimate dramas considering such limitless surroundings, a contrast thatís played up by the excellent cinematography.

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