Pixote (1981)
"Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  18 September 1981 (Brazil)
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The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Ramos da Silva ...
Jorge Julião ...
Gilberto Moura ...
Edilson Lino ...
Zenildo Oliveira Santos ...
Claudio Bernardo ...
Israel Feres David ...
Roberto Pie de Plata
Jose Nilson Martin Dos Santos ...
Jardel Filho ...
Sapatos Brancos
Rubens de Falco ...
Elke Maravilha ...
Tony Tornado ...
Beatriz Segall ...
João José Pompeo ...
Almir (as Joáo José Pompeu)


Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by policemen who frame Lilica, a 17-year-old transvesite hustler. Pixote helps Lilica and three other boys escape where they make their living by the life of crime which only escalates to more violence and death. Written by Anonymous

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The film's star, 'Fernando Ramos Da Silva', who plays a young street criminal, actually was a street criminal before he made this film. After completing it he took up the criminal life again, and was killed in Brazil in 1987 in a shootout with police. See more »


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14 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Amazing, controversial, and painful are some essential adjectives to allocate this important piece of art, that depicts the searing and factual adolescence of the marginalized children; i.e. victims of our global village.

Pixote prepubescent, with the unflinching stare of the innocent-all-knowing, left an impression of raw truth in finding credence to the old African saying, "It takes a village to raise a child". The awful reality, though, that director Hector Babenco visualized is that Brazil, with it's confusing, twisted, and socio-economic disparity, is the cause of this robbed innocence. In desperation, we see these children in search of nurturing and love, but only permitted leftovers of what society has tossed aside. Institutionalized rape, prostitution, drug dealing, and murder are the only voice they have in order to be nurtured, be loved, and have power. The only thing that Brazil has to offer these lost children are predators; repeating the cycle of hopelessness. Brazil, as a nation is an unworthy parent.

In retrospect, I believe the film "Pixote" is a parable on the world governments turning a blind eye to the hunger pains of the destitute and impoverished victims of an ever-expanding economy; and the force of irresponsible globalization is leaving blood soaked tear trails of destruction through the interconnected avenues of the world. We see through the symbolism of a child that the inequality or disparity in society has a snowball effect causing cannibalism within ourselves.

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