Central Station (1998)
"Central do Brasil" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  20 November 1998 (USA)
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An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinícius de Oliveira ...
Soia Lira ...
Othon Bastos ...
Otávio Augusto ...
Stela Freitas ...
Matheus Nachtergaele ...
Caio Junqueira ...
Socorro Nobre ...
Dora's Client
Manoel Gomes ...
Dora's Client
Roberto Andrade ...
Dora's Client
Sheyla Kenia ...
Dora's Client
Malcon Soares ...
Dora's Client
Maria Fernandes ...
Dora's Client


Dora, a dour old woman, works at a Rio de Janeiro central station, writing letters for customers and mailing them. She hates customers and calls them 'trash'. Josue is a 9-year-old boy who never met his father. His mother is sending letters to his father through Dora. When she dies in a car accident, Dora takes Josue and takes a trip with him to find his father. Written by Anonymous

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The motion picture for people who want to feel that they have shared a very special emotional experience... instead of just another night out at the movies! See more »



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Central Station  »

Box Office


$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,710 (USA) (20 November 1998)


$5,595,428 (USA) (9 July 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Dora's Client: [dictating a letter] My darling, My heart belongs to you. No matter what you've done, I still love you. I love you. While you're locked in there all those years, I'll be locked up out here, waiting for you.
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Referenced in Babilônia 2000 (1999) See more »


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Written by Candeia
Performed by Cartola
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User Reviews

6 February 2004 | by (uiuc) – See all my reviews

Great movie, warm and bittersweet. It somehow reminded me of

My Life as a Dog (1985) because it more or less deals with the

same issues, but we move from the Swedish North to the sunny

Brazilian South. Beautiful colors, great acting--Josue and Dora

make a wonderful pair and they really foil each other out. Almost

starts dragging a little before the end, but it picks up again. I highly


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