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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 36 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 Othon Bastos ... Cezar
Otávio Augusto Otávio Augusto ... Pedrão
Stela Freitas Stela Freitas ... Yolanda
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Isaías
Caio Junqueira 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 »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Brazil | France

Language:

Portuguese | German

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Central Station See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,710, 22 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,595,428, 11 July 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dora's new television, bought with the money she earned selling Josué, presents a popular Brazilian TV program called "Topa Tudo Por Dinheiro," which means "Do Anything For Money." 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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Soundtracks

Ruínas da Babilônia
Written by Fauzi Beydoun
Performed by Tribo de Jah
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Sad and beautiful
9 January 2004 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

'Central do Brasil' is basically a road movie about a boy Josué (Vinícius de Oliveira) who just lost his mother searching for his father. He does this with the help of Dora (Fernanda Montenegro). She writes letters for illiterate people in the central station of Rio de Janeiro. Dora has a secret, she doesn't mail the letters. She knows Josué because he and his mother used to write letters to Josué's father and when his mother dies she takes care of him, although she has other intentions at first.

The movie is mainly about the relationship between the boy and the woman. Of course they meet people on the road. Especially the part where they travel with a truck driver is very good. We also see a little of the life in Brazil. This is a movie with a good story that is very well directed. The acting is terrific. Montenegra as the older woman and especially De Oliveira as the boy is very good.


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