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5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph Of The Human Spirit, 31 May 2000
This review is from: Central Station [VHS] [1999] (VHS Tape)
Fernanda Montenegro's portrayal of the cynic and harsh Dora, that befriends an orphan boy and realises that Love has many ways of coming back into one's life is absolutely magical and real. Few, if any, actresses would achieve such a feat. She moulds her face, her whole body, to the evolution of her relationship with the boy Josué, with the landscape of hinterland Brazil, with Faith that she has lost for Gods and Saints but recovers towards the end of the film as something far more complex - faith in humanity. She's probably the Best Actress in the world at this moment. The cinematography is breathtaking, the soundtrack absolutely right, and the supporting cast (particularly Marília Pera) a delight to see. It beats me why Fernanda didn't win the Oscar, and it's a scandal that the clownish Life Is Beautiful stole Central Station its Foreign Language Oscar as well... Still, anyone who chances watching this film will see it for the universal masterpiece of film making it is. Superb!
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J. N. Valente
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Location: Evora, Portugal

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