Barren Lives


Time Out says

Dealing with the plight of the very poor in Northeastern Brazil, this centres on a family that has been forced by drought to wander through the desert seeking some kind of work to keep them from starving. A brief respite when the man finds a job as a cattle-herder is shattered by a further drought, a disastrous gambling session, and a beating-up by the police for having insulted an officer. The film moves slowly, with a type of minimalism that emphasises the oppressive fatefulness of the family's existence: a strong comment against the landowners, priests and police, whose individualism perpetuates a needless suffering. JDuC.

By: JDuC


Release details

135 mins

Cast and crew

Nelson Pereira Dos Santos
Nelson Pereira Dos Santos
Atila Iório
Maria Ribeiro
Orlando Macedo
Jofre Soares
I Joffre
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