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Pixote [VHS]

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino, Zenildo Oliveira Santos
  • Directors: Hector Babenco
  • Writers: Hector Babenco, Jorge Durán, José Louzeiro
  • Producers: Hector Babenco, Jose Pinto, Paulo Francini, Sylvia B. Naves
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: 18
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008T7IO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,285 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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rather poor definition and not based on the best copy of the film.
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As hoped for.
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'Pixote - A Lei do Mais Fraco' which was made in 1981 but the subject matter is just as relevant today.
'Pixote...' (pronounced peeshot) is very well known in Brazil but unfortunately less known elsewhere. I first saw it on NTSC format as it was difficult to obtain but no it is here on Amazon. I had heard of the film some time ago but when I finally saw it I was overwhelmed.

The film is directed by Hector Babenco, probably best known to English speaking audiences for 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' which was far from his best work (i.e this). The subtitle of the film literally means 'the law of the weakest' and here Babenco presents us with a harrowing and all too realistic portrayal of the life of a Brazilian street child.
Pixote (Fernando Ramos Da Silva) is a 10 year old boy who is taken from the streets of Sao Paulo by the police along with a group of other boys. A judge has been murdered and the street children are always picked up as suspects. However, Brazilian law states that nobody under 18 can be tried as an adult so those accused are simply thrown into reformatories as punishment without trial.

The hell that is the reformatory forces Pixote to become tougher just to survive. On his first night he witnesses the rape of another boy. His hair is shaved off and he smokes dope for solace with his friend Fumaca. In the reformatory the boys watch violent TV shows and act out planned robberies. Another boy, the homosexual Lilica, is accused of the judge's murder but refuses to admit to a crime he did not commit. A group of the boys are forced to attend a staged identification parade and Fumaca is accused of the murder. Fumaca is returned to the dormitory later having been so badly beaten that he dies of his injuries. His body is dumped on a rubbish tip.
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Format: VHS Tape
The story of an eight year old Brazilian Street Boy and his efforts to survive with his friends. There are scenes of brutal institutionalised homosexual rape in the boys so called reformatory, drug/substance use, implied slavery/prostitution and a certain amount of nudity. The boys use their bodies in the same way that they see drugs, i.e. as a commodity for making money although few characters are actually gay, apart from one of the leading boys. The film is uncompromising in every way, occasionally funny, sometimes erotic, often disturbing but always moving. The closing scenes where Pixote attempts to suckle a prostitute and his final exit have caused me to shed more tears than any other film I have ever seen.
A tragic sequel and possibly even consequence of the film is that the young star was later (allegedly) assassinated by the Brazilian Police for his part in exposing the corruption prevalent at the time.
What earned the fifth star is that the film makes no judgements, moral or otherwise. It observes and records dispassionately and allows the viewer to make judgements for himself. Don't watch without a handkerchief!
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Although appreciate is now quite rare / expensive to acquire especially on dvd - hence I had to buy this via VHS and then transferred to dvd ( re-selling the VHS ! )
Shocking and disturbing even by today's standards and especially harrowing and poignant once you discover what happened to the main young actor in real life following the movie's release.
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May be a good film, but as it was sold in English, and the reviews were all in English, I mistakingly assumed it would have English subtitles. Sadly it only has two subtitle options, both French, only one of which gives subtitles. Don't buy unless you are multi-lingual.
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Excellent film, terrific acting, how could children be treated this way,and its still going on in Latin America now.
Even though I don't speak Portuguese the film is easy to understand.Well worth 5 stars
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