Pixote (Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco)

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The Brazilian Pixote so closely resembles the films of Luis Buñuel that one is almost shocked to see writer/director Hector Babenco's name on the credits. This is hardly the only shock in this near-hallucinatory cinematic experience. The title character, played by Fernando Ramos da Silva, has been abandoned by his parents and is scrounging for a living on the streets. Pixote survives by becoming a drug-dealer, pimp and murderer...and he's only ten years old. One of the first films to address the plight of Rio de Janeiro's street kids, Pixote combines stark realism with symbolic imagery. The film is based on José Louzeiro's novel Infancia dos Martos. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

  • Perhaps his young lead, Fernando Ramos da Silva, proved a less expressive non-pro than anticipated, or maybe Babenco lacked the experience or genius necessary to coax a psychologically complex performance out of him.

    Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A rough, unblinking look at lives no human being should be required to lead.

    Jan 20, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "Pixote" is an amazing cinematic social document made with fury and passion by an uncompromising director. There has never been another film that approaches its depiction of Brazil's condemned youth, not even "City of God."

    Jul 1, 2009 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
  • Hector Babenco's masterpiece.

    Aug 6, 2008 | Rating: 5/5
  • 'Pixote' grandfathered other reality-based slum violence efforts heavier in their visual mayhem but not any more so in emotional impact.

    Jul 20, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Though shapeless, Hector Babenco's docu-style social expose about homeless kids in Brazil contains some of the most harrowing scenes about street children in any film; a companion piece to Bunuel's Los Olvidados and De Sica's Bicycle Thief and Shoeshine

    Jun 14, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pixote (Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco)

  • Nov 01, 2016
    A hard-hitting portrayal of the miserable childhood faced by countless minors in Brazil who don't see any way ahead of them except a life of crime, and it is even more painful and tragic when we consider that its main actor was murdered by the police in real life six years after it was made.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2011
    The cold reality of homeless children, that do everything to survive in a cruel brazilian society. A shocking film, a social critic cinematographic with great actors. Better that Fernando Meirelles's City of God. Fernando Ramos da Silva (1967-1987) and Jorge Juliano made a wonderful job, just like Babenco and the another actors.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2009
    A not so pleasant peek into the slums of latin america. Few films achieve such heartwrenching misery and crudeness. No MTV videoclip style of cinematography and editing, just rough reality and real poor kids making a few bucks while pouring their hearts and minds in front of a camera.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2007
    unlike City of God, this is the movie about Brazilian street kids that has unflinching sensitivity toward its characters no matter how horrible their lives become. COG quickly turns the kids into material for an MTV-hyper Goodfellas
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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