Movie: House of Sand (2005)

House of Sand DVDThe first surprise is that Brazil has a vast desert of sand dunes with isolated “lagoons” that provide enough water to support human settlers, just barely. The story follows three generations of women stranded in this area, unable to return to the outside world that goes on making wars and discoveries that become echoes in the desert. The drama of the film is somewhat sparse, like the setting. One of the actresses plays all three generations of women at different times, which is a little disconcerting. If you make the decision to accept these idiosyncrasies, it’s a good illustration of the contrasts and commonalities of human experience in vastly different environments.

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