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Barren Lives

  • Film
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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.
Written by JDuC

Release Details

  • Duration:135 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Nelson Pereira Dos Santos
  • Screenwriter:Nelson Pereira Dos Santos
  • Cast:
    • Atila Iório
    • Maria Ribeiro
    • Orlando Macedo
    • Jofre Soares
    • I Joffre
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