8.0/10
31,843
261 user 74 critic

Central Station (1998)

Central do Brasil (original title)
R | | Drama | 20 November 1998 (USA)
Trailer
1:54 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Director:

Walter Salles
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 36 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Rogério Cardoso
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Renata de Lélis, Sérgio Lulkin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »

Director: Laís Bodanzky
Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Cássia Kis
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany
Carandiru (2003)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.

Director: Mauro Lima
Stars: Selton Mello, Giulio Lopes, Júlia Lemmertz
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Francisco, a very simple and poor man whose dream was to see his children become country music stars, and who made all the efforts to make it happen.

Director: Breno Silveira
Stars: Ângelo Antônio, Dira Paes, Márcio Kieling
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to his mother's native land. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger.

Directors: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
Stars: Fernanda Torres, Fernando Alves Pinto, Alexandre Borges
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The life and times of Cazuza, Brazilian singer/poet/enfant terrible, from his start with rock group "Barão Vermelho", to his death from Aids, in 1990, showing his career, love affairs, and involvement with drugs.

Directors: Walter Carvalho, Sandra Werneck
Stars: Daniel de Oliveira, Marieta Severo, Reginaldo Faria
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Director: Anna Muylaert
Stars: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto
Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He was looking for the father he never knew. She was looking for a second chance. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Official site | See more »

Country:

Brazil | France

Language:

Portuguese | German

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Central Station See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot in sequence 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.
See more »


Soundtracks

Mama África
Written & Performed by Chico César
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
This film explains how Hollywood has lost touch with reality
30 July 2009 | by benoit-3See all my reviews

It took me 10 years to learn of this film's existence. I'm very sorry I wasn't paying more attention. It came out at a time when I had pretty much given up on films in general and Hollywood films in particular.

How was I to know that somewhere in the world a courageous director chose to film a story that didn't involve sex, comic-book sadistic or crime-glorifying violence, fake superheroics or CGI-augmented horror? How was I to know that not all Latin directors were involved in a world of idiotic and heartless self-centered proto-fascistic make-believe like, say, Guillermo Del Toro? How was I to know that Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro who got robbed of an Oscar by Gwyneth Paltrow in the almost preternaturally ridiculous and superficial "Shakespeare In Love" gave a performance that is rarely imaginable at the movies? Or that Brazil could produce a film that can rival Murnau's "Sunrise" or the neo-realist masterpieces of Vittorio De Sica for the title of "best film ever made"?

I watched this multi-leveled, multi-faceted reflexion piece dubbed in French late one recent Sunday night on Radio-Canada while recovering from the flu. The tears I cried were very good for my sinus condition. But they were also cried for the fact that I was such an idiot for having let this film slip by.

If you haven't seen it yet, there is still time. Watch it and ask yourself: What happened to America that it can't tell simple, moving and true stories like this one anymore? You won't have to cry but you will anyway.


59 of 65 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 261 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed