Central Station (Central do Brasil)
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Central Station (Central do Brasil)
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"As beautiful as it is wrenching."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Central Station tells a familiar story, but it makes use of its setting in an original and thoughtful way."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"'Central do Brasil' tem a simplicidade dos grandes filmes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Watching this delectably humane road movie incites the same emotions as discovering the works of Truffaut"
‑ Brandon Judell, Entertainment Asylum
"The nuances of Montenegro's work--and the film--are too subtle to notice along the way, but by the film's poignant yet understated conclusion, they are powerfully felt."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"It'll probably work better if you're not terribly familiar with the movies that inspired it."
‑ Paul Tatara, CNN.com
"What separates and elevates Walter Salles' film above the familiar neo-realist type of melodrama is the stylized visual style and Fernanda Montengero's stunning performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An orphan boy tenderizes the heart of a cynical woman who finally realizes her kinship with others. This is a deeply spiritual film."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's a fascinating, small, tale, held together by lush photography."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The film was too much stuck in its sentimentality and had an uninspiring and a contrived plot that kept me from warming up to the story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...a road movie of uncommon texture and grit during which the mismatched couple, each initially defensive and guarded, bond with each other."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's not just a strong, heartfelt drama. It's a film that transcends its national boundaries."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"Director Walter Salles has created more than a road picture; he tells a poignant story about two characters and their destinies -- destinies that remain uncertain."
‑ Elspeth Haughton, Apollo Guide
"When it is an odd couple road movie, it works well. When it tries to transcend that genre and become something else, it can't seem to get its feet off the ground."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
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