Central Station - a film from Brazil - Directed by Walter Salles
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Central Station
(Central do Brasil)
Brazil - 1998
Directed by Walter Salles


Rio de Janeiro’s main train station is Central do Brasil. Dora (Fernanda Montenegro) makes her living by writing letters for illiterate people passing through. In providing this service, Dora learns complicated details of the lives of her clients. Some, desperately trying to communicate with a lost lover or family member, pour out their hearts. Among her clients are Ana (Sôia Lira) and her nine-year-old son Josué (Vinicius de Oliveira), whose dream is to meet his father, whom he has never seen.

Little do Dora's clients realize that the letters she has written for them are not always sent. She sits each evening with her lonely neighbor, Irene (Marilla Pêra), and reads the letters aloud. Since Dora charges extra for mailing, she makes an extra profit if she opts to not send the letter. She and Irene decide which letters will be sent and which will be thrown away. Any that they are unsure of, as with Ana and Josué's, are put in a drawer.

After dictating a second letter to Josué's father, Ana is struck and killed by a bus. Leaving Josué alone and helpless, wandering aimlessly around the station. His only connection to Rio de Janeiro is Dora.

Dora is ashamed of her initial reaction, which is to consider making a profit off of the child. She determines to re-unite Josué with his father. The pair embark upon a journey that covers far more than terrain. Dora finds her way back to her heart by allowing herself to love Josué.

Walter Salles won the Audience Award and the Youth Jury Award from the San Sebastian International Film Festival (1998), he also won the Golden Bear Award from the Berlin International Film Festival, while Ferdanda Montenegro won the Silver Bear for Best Actress (1998). Fernanda Montenegro also won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Actress (1998) and the National Board of Review Award (USA - 1998). Central Station is nominated for a 1999 Golden Globe Award and for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.



Guest Comments


From: "Dave"

"I just saw this movie tonight in SFO. This movie recently won a best picture in the recent emmy's on TV as the best foreign film, and it is excellent. It's about this woman who works in the Central Rail station in Rio De Janiero, and takes it upon herself to help a boy find his long lost father due to circumstances that she connects herself to. A must see for foreign film lovers."


From: "Mariana Macinic"

"There is one thing on the ""negative"" side that I would like to say about this film: The story starts losing its acclaimed realistic gist at the point where Dora and Josua encounter one of the kid's two other brothers. It is a point from which the story starts getting loaded with a discreet but distinct melodramatic load whose nature is probably to be traced in the successful Brazilian mass soap-operatic TV industry. After that point (when Dora and the kid ponder on what to do next with their lives at the local bus station), the story seems to lose its sense of ""exploration"" and becomes somehow ""predictable"". You almost ""become to know"" what is going to happen next: the ""good"", hard-working brothers and the imminent parting between the two companions. Their parting could have been handled in a less spectacular fashion and more in the realistic vein that characterized the journey of the two protagonists. This last portion of the film -- maybe the most important one -- would have deserved a more elaborate treatment."


From: "joao lucas"

"o oscar","eu sou brasileiro e tenho muito orgulho de que meu pais esteja participando dessa premiassao explendida com o filme sentral do brasil"


From: "Dione Marques"

" Orgulho nacional"," Sou brasileira e quero registrar a minha emoção ao pensar no filme Central do Brasil, em Fernanda Montenegro e em Walter Salles. O MEU FILME, A MINHA ATRIZ E O MEU DIRETOR. Emoção por ter o primeiro como um patrimônio cultural, a segunda por ser a atriz que é e dar vida à Dora e o terceiro por ser capaz de, com uma câmera, me fazer sentir orgulho de ser filha de um país que não pretende ser perfeito, mas anseia por dignidade. Obrigada Fernanda. Obrigada Walter Salles. Vocês são o maior Oscar que um país poderia ter!!!"


From: "Clifford Landers"

"Walter Salles Júnior has come into his own as a master filmaker with this subtle and poignant exploration of the relationship between the alienated (Fernanda Montenegro's character) and the lost (literally, in the case of the boy she reluctantly takes undeer her wing). At the same time that the director presents the gradual evolution (actually, a rebirth) of feeling in a woman who is emotionally dead, he shows the audience a Brazil that, while familiar to those for whom it is part of their own culture, will be a revelation for most viewers outside the country, especially in the United States, where the image of Brazil tends toward stereotypes of football, Carnaval, and string bikinis on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. I am eager for the film to come out on videotape so I can add it to my permanent library."


From: "Fred Wan"

"It has been a long time that I've seen a film with such deep characters. Although at some point the attribution tear-jerker came to mind, the convincing acting and the dramatic plot kept the tears that were dropped sincere. An extraordinary road movie!"


From: "Marcin Kunz"

"It was a fascinating, riveting, heart-wrenching film. I've never cried so much in my life (it was somewhat embarrassing, being the only guy crying in my Spanish class.) I give it three
thumbs up."


From: "Peter Bronson"

"This film is quite amazing. I think everybody should watch it once. It gives us a new view of our lives. The Oscar nominated Fernanda Montenegro is a really good actress. i could cry everytime she cried an laugh everytime she laughed. it's a film about feelings, lost feelings we should rescue. The little boy Josue is a great actor too. Congrats, Brazil! You've made a really perfect job."


From:  "CLAUDIA"

"That is the most greatest film I have ever seen it has alot of emotional scenes and since the first time I saw it I was like ""I WANT THAT MOVIE!'I especially like vinicius de oliveira I am one of his greatest fans.Anyway even though I am barely thirteen years old I have alot to say about that movie
but I dont want to say them WALTER SALLES THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT MOVIE "

 

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