Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (Pixote) (Pixote, the Law of the Weakest)
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Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (Pixote) (Pixote, the Law of the Weakest)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""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.""
‑ Cole Smithey, Daily Radar
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hector Babenco's masterpiece."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A harrowing film about a destitute youth living in Brazil."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"'Pixote' grandfathered other reality-based slum violence efforts heavier in their visual mayhem but not any more so in emotional impact."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews