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Central Station (Central do Brasil) (1998)

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

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Dora is a former school teacher who makes a living by writing letters for illiterate people passing through Rio de Janeiro's main train station, Central Station. Among her clients are Ana and her nine-year-old son Josue, who has a fierce desire to meet his father, whom he has never seen. Dora has become stoically indifferent to her charge, choosing arbitrarily to send some letters and discard others with the help of her neighbor Irene. A sudden accident leaves Josue orphaned at the station and this is when Dora's life begins to change dramatically. Swayed by a curiously maternal compassion, Dora commits to returning Josue to his father in Brazil's remote Northeast.
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R (for language)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Stela Freitas
as Yolanda
Socorro Nobre
as Dora's Client
Manoel Gomes
as Dora's Client
Roberto Andrade
as Dora's Client
Sheyla Kenia
as Dora's Client
Malcon Soares
as Dora's Client
Maria Clara Fernandes
as Dora's Client
Maria Marlene
as Dora's Client
Christano Camargo
as Dora's Client
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Critic Reviews for Central Station (Central do Brasil)

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12)

As beautiful as it is wrenching.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

its blatantly manipulative pairing of an adorable young boy and a selfish, honesty-challenged older woman ... so calculating that I could never get emotionally involved.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

Salles directs simply and watchfully, with an eye that seems to penetrate all the characters who are encountered on Dora's and Josue's journey.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

[Salles'] imagery, like his storytelling, is clear, often unaffectedly lovely, and quietly, powerfully haunting.

January 1, 2000
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Central Station is both literate and emotionally-powerful -- an increasingly rare combination.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

The movie's success rests largely on the shoulders of Fernanda Montenegro, an actress who successfully defeats any temptation to allow sentimentality to wreck her relationship with the child.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Central Station (Central do Brasil)

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 Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

½

certainly it's a story we've seen before: cranky person saddled with kid learns compassion and reconnects with humanity. what keeps the viewer engaged is the wonderful performance of fernanda montenegro, always pulling it back from the brink of sentimentality, and the lovingly photographed brazilian countryside

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

I don't remember who recommended this movie to me but, whoever you are, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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