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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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Walter Salles
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 43 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernanda Montenegro ... Isadora
Marília Pêra ... Irene
Vinícius de Oliveira Vinícius de Oliveira ... Josué
Soia Lira Soia Lira ... Ana
Othon Bastos ... Cezar
Otávio Augusto Otávio Augusto ... Pedrão
Stela Freitas Stela Freitas ... Yolanda
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Isaías
Caio Junqueira ... Moisés
Socorro Nobre Socorro Nobre ... Dora's Client
Manoel Gomes Manoel Gomes ... Dora's Client
Roberto Andrade Roberto Andrade ... Dora's Client
Sheyla Kenia Sheyla Kenia ... Dora's Client
Malcon Soares Malcon Soares ... Dora's Client
Maria Fernandes Maria Fernandes ... Dora's Client
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Features Fernanda Montenegro's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

When Dora got off the bus leaving Josue behind, she entered a diner, and in the view of the wall off to the side there were three stacks of plastic red crates containing empty soda bottles. Following a quick cut away and return to the same view, there's only one stack of red crates, the others were replaced by two stacks of larger milk style crates of different colors. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

É Deus Por Nós
Written by Fátima Leão, Alexandre Neto (Portuguese Lyrics).
English lyrics written by Sarah F. Adams (as Sarah Flower Adams)
Music Composed by Lowell Mason (1856)
Performed by Zezé di Camargo e Luciano Camargo
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Amazing movie
31 March 2002 | by lauloiSee all my reviews

Central do Brasil has everything. You come expecting a story of a woman who takes care of a child in a harsh social milieu. You sit in disbelief as this woman shows herself to be a heartless opportunist, and as your expectations are being confounded, you begin to realize how this villainess came to be such a person. The boy she begins to help is also no innocent movie cherub, he has an endearing slyness and a will to survive despite the horrible tragedy he has experienced.

Their road trip is an odyssey from bad to worse, and you begin to sympathize. The characters they meet and the landscape they traverse give us in the north a flavor of Brazil which I cannot confirm as being authentic. But they seem as complex and beautiful and full of contradiction as the Brazilian music that I love. And the final destination for the boy (you're on the edge of your seat hoping things will turn out right) is not a happily-ever-after, but seems to indicate a new direction for the character.

If I sound overly sentimental (I'm sure I do) it's because very few films have moved me like this one. I watched it through three times and cried at the scene of Dora on the bus every time. The use of religious imagery, from the modern evangelicalism of the truck driver to the more unfamiliar scenes with the pictures of the saints (incredible camerawork here) added dimensions of complexity in a medium where Christianity is often treated either in a saccharine fashion or with heavyhanded disdain. See Central Station.


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Country:

Brazil | France

Language:

Portuguese | German

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,708, 22 November 1998

Gross USA:

$5,969,553

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,971,073
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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