- "The Making of The House of Sand"
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Filmed entirely on the magnificent, sandy coast of northern Brazil, Áurea's saga begins in 1910, in Maranhão, where her fanatical husband has relocated his family to start a farm. Desperate and pregnant, Áurea (Fernanda Torres) longs to return to the city, but cannot traverse the dunes with her aging mother, Maria (Fernanda Montenegro) in tow. When calamity strikes, the two women find themselves stranded. Eventually, they settle among the shifting sands and Áurea finds peace. But her passionate daughter, Maria, longs to explore the world beyond the dunes. This profound portrait of passing generations has established Andrucha Waddington as one of the most exciting directors in Brazil today.
The landscape looks like the surface of the moon. Set in Brazil's Maranhão desert, House of Sand follows three generations of women, from 1910 to 1969, as they eke out a living from this hostile environment. Oafish Vasco (director Ruy Guerra) brings pregnant wife Áurea (Fernanda Torres) and her mother, Dona Maria (Fernanda Montenegro, Central Station), from the city to make a new start. Shortly after they arrive, fate takes him out of the picture. Mother and daughter muddle through with the help of slave descendents. Wary at first, Massu (Seu Jorge, City of God) takes a particular shine to the duo. The story then skips ahead to 1919, when an escape route materializes. There will be two more shifts in time. By 1942, Áurea's daughter, Maria (Torres), has grown into impetuous womanhood, while Áurea (Montenegro) and Massu (Luiz Melodia) have settled into middle age. In the final section, set during the year of the first lunar landing, Áurea (Montenegro) is around the same age as her mother at the start of the film. With the exception of Camilla Facundes as nine-year-old Maria, Torres and her real-life mother assume every female role. What does it all mean? Andrucha Waddington (Me You Them) doesn't burden his enigmatic epic with a singular message, but those who appreciate dust-swept dramas like Woman in the Dunes and Walkabout aren't likely to hold it against him. The point seems to be that the human--especially the female--capacity for survival knows no bounds. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Stills from House of Sand (click for larger image)
This is one of those films you run accross accidently and then wonder why you had never heard of it. The photography is fantastic and the story grabs you. Highly recommended.Published 7 months ago by R. Howard Courtney
This was doing fairly well on Amazon as a foreign film. Interesting use of sand dunes and a unique environment. This was very slow paced and disjointedly weird. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Paul A. Spangler
Beautifully filmed. Interesting story about the human spirit, love and the relationships between mothers and daughters. Worth watching again and again.Published on June 20, 2013 by KTB
This foreign film was heartbreaking and heartwarming. It was very interesting to see how the characters develop throughtout the film, there is a short part where the audience is... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Debigonz
WOW! Film making never ceases to get better. Everyone must see this film and add it to their collection. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Elizabeth Faraone