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5.0 out of 5 stars What film-making is all about
This is hugely impressive film-making and probably all the better for having been made in Brazil. A subtle and moving film exploring the complex relationship between a boy and a woman. Any description of the plot would fail to convey how multi-layered and compelling it is to watch (even though some reviews suggest you can't please everybody!) I was gripped throughout, a...
Published on 2 Mar 2005 by Andy Millward

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3.0 out of 5 stars Big Place, Brazil
I was everso slightly disappointed with this. There's nothing very exciting about the film-making here, although the performances are fine. There are some nice shots out of the bus window and in the small-town places the couple end up in. There are some interesting moments and relationships which don't develop much. There is a fairly sweet ending. The acting is good...
Published on 31 Dec 2010 by Mario


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4.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Jesus, 8 July 2007
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L. Davidson (Belfast, N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Central Station [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
"Central Station" is a worthy contribution to world cinema. Set in Brazil the film tells the story of the relationship between a young orphan boy and an ageing ,world weary spinster. The old woman,Dora, played excellently by Fernanda Montenegro, is a letter writer with a stall in Rio de Janeiro's Central Station catering for a large illiterate clientele. After the sudden death of his mother, one of Dora's clients, the newly orphaned Josue (Vinicius De Oliveira) is befriended by the cynical and cold Dora and together they head off into Brazil's hinterland in search of the boy's absent father. The film is essentially about the redemption of Dora, who by assisting the child altruistically discovers a new purpose in life and through her good deeds she opens herself up to emotions within her which she must have thought were long dead. "Central Station" is quite a moving film and it delivers a powerful, positive message.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely beautiful!, 4 July 2006
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This review is from: Central Station [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This film is a shattering powerhouse of emotion but crafted in such a way as to gently pull the rug from under your feet and place a cushion under your bott as you come to rest. Box of tissues essential. A gem
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brazilian cinema at its best, 1 Jan 2011
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A. Melo (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Central Station [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This is a true example that shows how that to make a good film, doesn't necessarily mean to have a high budget . Montenegro has managed to create a road trip film , yet the viewers would never lose the interest as she captures true emotions and experiences that one goes through it .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites, 1 July 2012
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A movie that is both shocking and life affirming, beautifully shot and tenderly handled. I've watched many times and everyone I show it to loves it too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A moving story, 4 Mar 2012
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A story which grows on you until you really start to feel for the characters. The only possible reason for the 15 category is some bad language but there is relatively little of that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime film making, 14 July 2011
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Essentially a road movie, but also a moving emotional journey for the central character, a woman who at the beginning of the story is as nasty a piece of work as you are likely to meet. The journey - physical and emotional - redeems and changes her, making her a better person and giving her a heart but also giving her the vulnerability to have that heart broken.

Anyone who doesn't at least have a huge lump in their throat at the end of this movie doesn't have a heart themselves.

Quite simply magnificent film making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a joy, 17 Jun 2010
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Mr. M. O'callaghan (cirencester england) - See all my reviews
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if you believe a film should tell a story , then it doesn't get much better than this .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a film, 13 Dec 2009
This review is from: Central Station [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Central Station is a Brazilian film released around ten years ago and acclaimed by critics all over the world. It is the story of the relationship between a middle-aged woman, Dora (Fernanda Montenegra) and a boy called Josue (Vinicius de Oliveira). Dora makes a living writing letters for the illiterate at the main railway station in Rio de Janeiro, while Josue is the son of of one her clients who is tragically killed in a road accident. Dora, a lonely, bitter and sharp-tongued spinster, has nothing but contempt for her clients, illustrated by the fact that she fails to post the letters she writes for them. She does retain enough humanity, however, to feel sorry for the young boy who, following his mother's death, roams around the station aimlessly. Not wanting him to fall prey to some of the more unsavoury characters at the station, she decides to take him to a local orphanage, knowing that this will result in her benefiting financially, but having taken him there, she has a change of heart and decides to take him to his father in northern Brazil instead. What follows is essentially a road movie in which the relationship between Dora and Josue gradually thaws and the two develop and deep and loving friendship. Their journey is naturally full of mishaps and adventures, but none seem particularly implausible and all serve to illustrate their characters and the growing friendship between them. Some scenes are extremely poignant - Dora looking despondently through the window of the roadside café ater her romantic advances towards a born-again lorry driver have been rejected, for example. The letter she writes Josue towards the end of the film will also no doubt have a few in tears.

Central Station is a gem of a film, a film that enriches those who watch it. Brazilian films are very hard to come by in the UK, which is a pity if this film is anything to go by. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for them in future. Vinicius de Oliveira no doubt has great things ahead of him, while Fernanda Montenegra's performance as Dora is truly magnificent - how lucky Brazil is to have an actress of her calibre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Central Station - beautiful, 10 Oct 2008
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S. L. Wilkinson (Shropshire UK) - See all my reviews
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A beautiful, touching film with breathtaking Walter-Salles-style cinematography and a truly heart-rending storyline. When 'cheating' Dora uses up most of the film's plot to maternally befriend a needy 9 year old orphan, hope, love and most importantly, honesty "finally" shines through. It's a subtle and calmly portrayed masterpiece that ought to be considered as slow moving but actually keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. With horrifying truths about: life in Brazil - a city that doens't seem to care about its 'under-citizens' and human survival in a rat race that moves forward relentlessly, trampling and crushing those that might lose their way, this film reaches the viewer from all sides as much as faith, hope and charity finally reaches Dora.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life-affirming, beautiful film, 23 May 2008
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It's moving, it's simple and straightforward and it's utterly convincing. If you are uncertain as to whether to see it, please decide that you will. I have watched it several times and I am close to crying each time. No other film does that to me. It's beautifully filmed as well as wonderfully acted.
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