Carandiru (2004)



Critic Consensus: A gritty, poignant, and shocking prison movie.

Movie Info

In a cell inside São Paulo's House of Detention, better known as Carandiru, two inmates have a score to settle. The atmosphere is tense. Another inmate, Black Nigger, a kind of "judge" for settling disputes among prisoners, solves the case in time to welcome the Doctor, who has recently arrived--eager to begin an AIDS-prevention program in the penitentiary. The Doctor is faced with extremely serious problems inside this place, known as Latin America's largest jail: overcrowded cells, decaying … More

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence/carnage, language, secuality and drug use)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Hector Babenco, Victor Navas, Fernando Bonassi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2004
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site



as Highness

as Rosirene

as Rosirene

as Ezequiel

as Herself

as Deusdete

as Francineide

as Catarina

as Antonio Carlos

as Claudiomiro

as Dagger

as Warden Pires

as Radio Announcer

as Weasles
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Critic Reviews for Carandiru

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (34)

We're served up meaty, often spicy, slices of sadly wasted lives.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The movie has a tactile reality. You can almost smell it.

Full Review… | July 15, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Has moments of raw, unflinching power.

Full Review… | June 30, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Despite its structural flaws, Carandiru presents more interesting characters than you'd see in a dozen other prison movies.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Babenco brings the place and the prisoners alive.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The two-part structure feels inescapably manipulative.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Carandiru

A breathtaking film, that talk about prisoners with AIDS, life in prison, prejudice and homosexuality. All seen by the doctor Drauzio Varella. A true story based on the book Estação Carandiru. Shocking!

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This is worth all 2 hours and 28 Minutes of your time. The best movie I've seen in a while and one of the top's when it comes to English Subtitles. This movie is in Portuguese Language so you will have to follow along the subtitles if your knowledge of that language is as limited as mind. This is a collection of life?s in a prison in Brazil, thru the life of a doctor from that prison. This movie should be watched by everyone that?s in a jail or prison in the US, just to see how good you have it here. This movie kept me glued to the screen. I have no idea how this movie got on my list, where I read the review or saw the preview, but I am glad I did. Its a must see and outstanding movie, NOT A DOCUMENTRY, a good movie. 5 stars and I haven't given that out in a while.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


the story of a bloody riot in the largest jail in latin america begins with interesting back stories on many of the prisoners. we're drawn in by the characters and the inevitable climax is pretty shattering. manipulative but watchable

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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