Central Station (Central do Brasil) 1998

Central Station

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Director Salles transcends road-movie clichés and crafts a film that is as moving as it is universal.

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Bitter former schoolteacher Dora (Fernanda Montenegro) supports herself by taking dictation from illiterate people in Rio de Janeiro who want to write letters to their families and then pocketing their money without ever mailing the envelopes. One day, Josue (Vinícius de Oliveira), the 9-year-old son of one of her clients, is left alone when his mother is killed in a bus accident. Reluctantly taking him in, Dora joins the boy on a road trip to find his long-missing father.

Cast & Crew

Vinícius de Oliveira
Josué
Soia Lira
Ana
Otávio Augusto
Pedrão
João Emanuel Carneiro
Writer
Lillian Birnbaum
Executive Producer
Thomas Garvin
Executive Producer
Donald Ranvaud
Executive Producer
Elisa Tolomelli
Executive Producer
Jaques Morelenbaum
Original Music
Antonio Pinto
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for Central Station (Central do Brasil)

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Central Station (Central do Brasil)

  • Oct 31, 2016
    Warm and deeply moving, this is not your typical road movie but a wonderful drama that will make you laugh, cry and in the end feel like you got to know these characters and shared this unique experience with them - a merit also of its two magnificent central performances.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    Central Station is of a tale of sorrow that brought two strangers together to embark on an uncertain journey. Sophisticated cinematography and lush musical score. Metaphor-rich, heavy, moving, and very powerful that is surely to deliver a pinch in the heart.
    Jan Marc M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2011
    Clichés are clear and present but the character connection and the cinematography are also clear and present. One commmentary slightly deviated from the movie's main topic, though: Perhaps I was the only guy on Earth who spotted Walter's indirect commentary against religiosity and idolatry, not only because of the hidden texts of the Bible briefly shown in a particular shot (Psalm 115.8; Isaiah 44.9). Pay attention to the pilgrimage scene and how it ends. Looks like we have something more than just a dramatic story going on. Unfortunately, that topic didn't fully evolve... 85/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2009
    Central Station was like a road trip movie between a woman and a child. It showed Dora's identity,which was similar to the atmosphere of Rio De Janeiro. Working as a letter writer at the Central Station, she was a cold heart person caring for her own well being. She hated her customers and chose not to mail the letters she wrote for them. All changed when she met Josue, a 9 year old boy, whose mother died in a tragic accident, Dora took care of Josue, and went on a journey along the countryside to find his father. They passed through series of trials throughout the movie.The ending made it emotional, because I was expecting Dora and Josue to remain friends.The story, the tone the acting,everything meld together and created a fascinating and beautiful work in its simplicity.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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