Central Station

1998, Drama, 1h 50m

48 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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

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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.

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Audience Reviews for Central Station

  • Mar 11, 2022
    A moving road trip film and although it is cliched the performances and narrative structure obscure that long enough until you are so invested in the characters that it simply doesn't matter.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • 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

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