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The House of Sand(Casa de Areia)

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Brazil · 2005
1h 55m
Director Andrucha Waddington
Starring Fernanda Montenegro, Ruy Guerra, Fernanda Torres, Seu Jorge
Genre Drama

A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it.

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L.A. Weekly by

Andrucha Waddington's admirably pretentious epic of woman in nature makes the rare attempt to impart a purely visual experience


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

It's an impressive film, beautifully photographed and marvelously acted. But is it more than a set of undeniably gorgeous affectations?


The New York Times by Dana Stevens

At first House of Sand may seem like a stark tale of survival, but a surprisingly lush and colorful romance blossoms in its bleak and gorgeous desert setting.


TV Guide Magazine 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 stumbles over an unfortunate casting strategy.


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 a bit too fancifully arid.

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