House of Sand Synopsis
Three generations of women spend nearly 60 years in a harsh desert region of northern Brazil.
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Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
In House of Sand, shifting sands are not a cliché; they provide the essential emotional and visual elements that make this film memorable.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Sensual, dreamlike, both intimate and epic, The House of Sand is a cinematic tour de force.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
This epic tale of survival, love and adjustment covers a 59-year period - from 1910, when a band of urban émigrés arrives to start a...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's a grand outdoor spectacle (the only real interiors are within tents, and those are hard to come by) and a perfectly juicy melodrama.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Ricardo Della Rosa's sumptuous, wide-screen cinematography takes full advantage of the sandy vista, complementing beautiful acting by...
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Chicago Tribune

Soarez isn't really saying much with House of Sand, beyond marveling at the quirks of fate brought on by time. But the acting keeps it from...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
After a positively thrilling first half, Brazilian director Andrucha Waddington's follow-up to his acclaimed 2000 debut "Me You Them" badly...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Whatever The House of Sand may lack in curb appeal, that view from the roof will have you gasping in wonderment.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The House of Sand's director, Andrucha Waddington, lays on the Awesome Visual Poetry and throws in a welter of story gimmicks, but it's all...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Most viewers will have no more fun watching this story than the characters do living it.
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Rated R | For Some Graphic Sexuality