Pixote (Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco) (1981)




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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
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Jorge Juliano
as Lilica
Jardel Filho
as Sapatos Brancos
Tony Tornado
as Cristal
Luis Serra
as Jornalista
Walter Breda
as Raulzinho
Lineu Dias
as 1 assalto
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Critic Reviews for Pixote (Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco)

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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"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."

Full Review… | July 1, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Pixote (Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco)

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 Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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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 Martins
Lucas Martins

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Was ok, watched it based on other peoples reviews. I kinda skipped through parts of it after an hour, You knew the ending based on the plot events pretty quick in the show.

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