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A blood feud between two families nearly destroys them both in Salles' adaptation of Ismail Kadare's novel, which the director relocated to Brazil in 1910. The Ferreiras and the Breveses are both sugarcane planters determined to protect their honor if nothing else. Tonho Breves (Santoro) is expected to avenge the death of his older brother at the hands of the Ferreiras. Tonho's young brother (Lacerda) can't understand why the pointless violence continues and when Tonho falls in love with traveling circus performer Clara (Antonio), the boy becomes determined to see his brother safe and happy. Portuguese with subtitles.

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Available on Running time 91 minutes. Originally from Brazilian, French, Swiss.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Revenge, Homicide, Brothers & Sisters, Carnivals & Circuses, South America, Family Drama
Screenplay
Walter Salles, Karim Ainouz, Sergio Machado
Cast
Jose Dumont, Rita Assemany, Rodrigo Santoro, Ravi Ramos Lacerda, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Othon Bastos, Flavia Marco Antonio
Cinematography
Walter Carvalho
Director
Walter Salles
Music
Antonio Pinto
Other
Felix Andrew, Francois Groult, Waldir Xavier, Francois Musy, Isabelle Rathery, Cao Albuquerque, Cassio Amarante
Producer
Arthur Cohn, Haut et Court, BAC Films Ltd., VideoFilmes, Dan Valley Film, Miramax Films

Awards

British Acad. 2001: Foreign Film.

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