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Renoir's 'The Southerner'


Anyone find the two remarkably similar?

Both concern a family attempting to find better life outside of the city and from fruits of the land. Consequently, fate has no pity.

Personally I find both films disappointing, but appreciate the director's intention(s). Both Renoir and Dos Santos set out to depict the (often) harsh lives of manual laborers. In both films, the families reject living in the city only to endure the hardships of the provinces. And, from what I know of Brazil (and currently living in the US), nothing has really changed.

'Vidas Secas' and 'The Southerner' are "patient" films that examine rather than entertain. Enjoy at your own risk.

"Everyman is an island? I'd like to think I'm more of an archipelago."

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