88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
When a culture offers little more than death upon death, appreciating life's everyday beauty is as good an answer as these characters -- and this filmmaker -- can provide.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A compelling existential tableau: sweating bodies, creaking mills turned by numbed oxen, people facing the daily and seasonal cycles of life with little hope of breaking free. Behind the Sun is forceful stuff.
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80

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Salles is a master storyteller, and the film's pacing is flawless.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A powerful allegory.
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75

Boston Globe

This is a deeper film, delving into the twisted motives that rule lives, the lethal cycles that shackle progress, and, ultimately, the courage it takes to choose life.
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75

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
A gorgeously photographed, sun-baked fable.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This tale is both redemptive and tragic, if occasionally melodramatic.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The story, which was inspired by an Albanian novel and the Greek tragedies of Aeschylus, ends with a literary patness. But it's still a potent tale of fraternal love and the loss of innocence.
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60

Film Threat

A film with a bare-bones story told with such potency that its occasional flights of heavy-handed symbolism are easily excused.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It has some of the simplicity and starkness of classical tragedy, but what made me impatient was its fascination with the macho bloodlust of the two families.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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