as Lady Di
as No Way
as Antonio Carlos
as Warden Pires
as Radio Announcer
Critic Reviews for Carandiru
We're served up meaty, often spicy, slices of sadly wasted lives.
The movie has a tactile reality. You can almost smell it.
Despite its structural flaws, Carandiru presents more interesting characters than you'd see in a dozen other prison movies.
The two-part structure feels inescapably manipulative.
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 EstaÃ§Ã£o Carandiru. Shocking!
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.
This film reminds me a lot of Elephant (a little movie made by Gus Van Sant), not because they're similar movies but the structure and how the both movies build up to ONE moment...the turning point, if you will. The only difference between Elephant and Carandiru was how both get to the turning point. Because Elephant was just boring as hell, it barely had any dialogue and unfortunately the only really good part about that movie was the last 15 minutes and it really does pain me to say that and the people who've seen Elephant know what I'm talking about. But this movie's much, much different than Elephant, because how the movie gets to the turning point is damn excellent...and I was never bored...and that's saying something because elephant was about 80 minutes long and this movie is about a full hour longer than Elephant yet I was never bored by Carandiru...perhaps that's because the little sub-plots and backstory to all the inmates are really interesting and it helps you to at least care for some of the characters even if they are 'criminals'. My main complaint is with some of the backstory for the characters and how they just sort of jump into the backstory with no real reason, Zico's and Deusdete's backstory is the prime example of this, because for some reason the set-up for the backstory was somewhat forced, in my opinion. Same goes for the Lady Di and Too Bad (i think that was his name) romance subplot. It just seemed that they were made into a couple just to show that polar opposites can get together and be in love, not that there's anything wrong with that, but their 'love' didn't seem all that natural to me. Though I will say the 'wedding ceremony' between the two was really well done and dare I say, actually romantic. The last 20 minutes of the film were the main selling point for the movie I'm assuming, and while they were well done and shot, it really does show police brutality at its worst. This is an excellent movie though and while it's not as awesome as City Of God, that isn't necessarily a bad thing cause not a lot of movies are better than City of God, this is still an easy recommendation in my opinion.
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