While many like Hector Babenco's brilliant, raw 'Pixote' better, I find
his deeply emotional portrait of two lost souls surviving together in a
South American prison cell even more riveting.
The two towering performances - William Hurt's feminine gay
storyteller, and Raul Julia's angry but frail (emotionally and
physically) leftist are by far the best work either has done on film.
The intricacies of their slowly evolving relationship are complex,
powerfully moving, and sometimes disturbing,
And while probably 60% of the film takes place in one room, the film
never feels like a play. It's always cinematic.
A special film that holds up to repeated viewings.
Shocking and disappointing that there is no official UK release for
this award winning film, but if you have access to a region free
Blu-Ray or DVD player, it's well worth getting.