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After an extended period directing original screenplays, dos Santos returned to the creative engagement with literature that was the wellspring of his early masterpieces, offering a combinatory adaptation of five stories by the renowned Brazilian novelist João Guimarães Rosa. Openly embracing a mode of magical realism, dos Santos' celebrated film tells the story of a farming family defined by the absence of its father who abruptly abandoned his wife and children, sailing away down the river, including his son who continues to communicate with his father, speaking daily to him from the river bank. While offering an evocative vision of rural Brazil as a timeless land of mystery and solemnity, The Third Bank of the River is also bitingly satiric in the remarkable depiction of religious belief when the family moves to the city and its youngest member, a mesmerizing little girl, is revealed to be a kind of saint, capable of miraculous acts. -Harvard Film Archive

  1. Nelson Pereira dos Santos

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Guimarães Rosa

    Novel

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  1. Ilya São Paulo

    Ilya São Paulo

  2. Maria Ribeiro

    Maria Ribeiro

  3. Vanja Orico

    Vanja Orico

  4. Jofre Soares

    Jofre Soares

  5. Renato Matos

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The Third Bank of the River

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Original Title A Terceira Margem do Rio

Status Released

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  • August 20, 1993
    Theatrical

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Original Language Portuguese

Runtime 1h 39m

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