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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 --...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated PG-13 | For some violence and a scene of sexuality