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Central Station (Central do Brasil)
 
 

Directed by Walter Salles, Brazil 1998
113 mins. Portuguese dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : GOLDEN BEAR AT 1998 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER : BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM AT 1998 GOLDEN GLOBES

 
Summary:
 
Dora is a former school teacher who makes a living by writing letters for illiterate people passing through Rio de Janeiro's Central Station. Among her clients are Ana and her nine-year-old son Josué, 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. A sudden accident leaves Josué 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 Josué to his father in Brazil's remote Northeast.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"Salles directs simply and watchfully, with an eye that seems to penetrate all the characters who are encountered on Dora's and Josué's journey."  (Janet Maslin - New York Times)

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