Central Station (Central do Brasil)

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(out of 5)

Gorgeous Brazilian version of Gloria with a standout as a hard-bitten retired schoolteacher who makes extra cash writing letters for illiterate citizens of Rio De Janeiro.  She befriends an orphaned boy who loses his mother in an accident not far from her post and reluctantly helps him return to his father’s house in the country. The young boy is as equally disinterested in forming an attachment with the nutty old lady as she is to take care of him, but soon circumstances force them to stick together if they’re going to make it through their adventure alive. This classic is poetically photographed, full of rich emotional vistas that show off the landscapes and people of Brazil, and played from a dead-on sharp script by two newcomers to the profession (which is in turn inspired on a documentary about street kids in Rio’s central train station). This one really makes the leap to feature film with exceptional style and grace.

Brazil/France, 1998

Directed by

Story by Walter Salles, Screenplay by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , Walter Salles

Music by ,

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1998, Berlin 1998

Cast Tags:   , , , , ,, , , , ,, , , , ,, ,

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Fernanda Montenegro as “Dora”)
Best Foreign Language Film (Brazil)

Golden Globe Award
Best Foreign Language Film (Brazil)

Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Fernando Montenegro)

New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Actress (Fernanda Montenegro)
Best Foreign Language Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Actress (Fernanda Montenegro) (tie)

Best Foreign Film (Walter Salles)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Fernanda Montenegro)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Actress (Fernanda Montenegro)
Best Foreign Language Film

Berlin Film Festival Awards
Golden Berlin Bear
Silver Berlin Bear-Best Actress (Fernanda Montenegro)

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

British Academy Award
Best Film Not In The English Language

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film



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