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Vidas Secas

dionysus67's rating of the film Barren Lives

One of the landmark films of Latin American cinema, this peripatetic tale of suffering follows a family in the barren and vast hinterland. The family's Calvary is taken with dignity and quietude in this poverty-stricken part of the world. De Santos' neorealism makes effective use of sound as an alienating effect and the theological metonymies may be obvious, yet nonetheless poignant. Superbly photographed too!