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House of Sand

This gorgeous Brazilian film by director Andrucha Waddington (Me You Them) was apparently designed as a showcase for the filmmaker's wife Fernanda Torres and her mother Fernanda Montenegro. It shows, giving the two women rich roles to play with, but allowing the narrative to drift away into artistic excess. The year is 1910 and a miserable bride is dragged by her husband to the windswept nowhere of the Brazilian desert. Despite a squatter's colony of fugitive slaves and an impossibly harsh climate, our boy is determined to homestead the place. Unfortunately, he soon dies leaving his aging mother and pregnant wife behind. From there, the story covers a good 60 years, during which the women mostly just stand around amid the vast, empty landscapes. Confusing and slow but rather hypnotic. In Portuguese with English subtitles. 115 minutes R.

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