Central Do Brasil

Central Station

Country: Brazil
Release Date: 16 January 1998 (1998-01-16)
Genre(s): Drama
Director: Walter Salles
Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Matheus Nachtergaele, Marília Pêra, Vinícius de Oliveira ...
Awards: Golden Globe Awards: Best Foreign Language Film; BAFTA Film Awards: Best Film Not in the English Language; Berlin International Film Festival: Golden Bear; Cesar Awards: Best Foreign Film

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Central Station

Central Do BrasilCentral Station (Portuguese: Central do Brasil) is a 1998 drama film set in Brazil. It tells the story of a young boy’s friendship with a jaded middle-aged woman. The movie was adapted by Marcos Bernstein and João Emanuel Carneiro from a story by Walter Salles and it was directed by Salles. It features Fernanda Montenegro and Vinícius de Oliveira in the major roles. It was an international co-production between Brazil and France. The film’s title in Portuguese, Central do Brasil, is the name of Rio de Janeiro’s main railway station. The film premiered at the 1998 Berlin International Film Festival.


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Directed by: Walter Salles
Produced by: Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Arthur Cohn and Donald Ranvaud.
Written by: Walter Salles
Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Matheus Nachtergaele, Marília Pêra, Vinícius de Oliveira.
Music by: Antonio Pinto and Jaques Morelenbaum.
Cinematography: Walter Carvalho.
Release date(s): 16 January 1998 (1998-01-16)
Running time: 113 minutes
Country: Brazil – France
Language: Portuguese

Amazon.com Review

In the opening scenes of Central Station, colorful crowds of Brazilians stream into and out of a Rio de Janeiro train, pushing through doors and windows. You’re immediately pulled into the brutal vitality of a nation in motion, setting the tone for a picturesque road movie that charts Brazil’s renaissance in a little boy’s search for his father and an old woman’s emotional reawakening. When we first meet Dora (Fernanda Montenegro), this frozen-hearted, sour-faced woman is the epitome of immobility: day after day, she sits in the train station selling her letter-writing skills to all comers, but often doesn’t bother to mail these precious messages. When a woman who’s paid Dora to write a pleading note to her son’s long-missing dad gets run over by a bus, the child, Josue (Vinicius de Oliveira), is up for grabs. (The summary execution of a thieving street kid–in longshot–underscores the seriousness of this waif’s plight.) After an abortive attempt to sell Josue for a new TV, the aspiring couch potato finds herself reluctantly propelled into an occasionally Fellini-esque odyssey through the hinterlands of Brazil’s sertäo, where Dora and her sidekick find unexpected faith and family. Former documentary filmmaker Walter Salles (Foreign Land) mixes magic with realism in his appreciation of striking faces and places, but Central Station is primarily fueled by the tough/tender performances of Montenegro, Brazil’s Judy Dench, and de Oliveira, an airport shoeshine boy Salles cast over 1,500 other hopefuls. (Montenegro was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, and Central Station was in the running for Best Foreign Language Film.) No cloyingly cute child-star, de Oliveira plays Josue as a bracingly idiosyncratic brat. And watching Dora’s face and soul slowly, unwillingly unclench as she gets back in motion–and emotion–is potent pleasure, even if Salles’s trip does dead-end in soap opera as his Brazilian pilgrim’s progress winds down.

–Kathleen Murphy

Amazon Customer Reviews

Worth remembering
One of the finest from Brasil to grace the screen. Heartwarming and endearing, the 2 protagonists’ personal journey into each other’s lives is believable and worth the time. Initially it can be a bit slow, however the character development is what earned this film Academy nods, and rightly so. The music is simple and captivating and the setting truly illustrates the lifestyle so many face in Brazil. A film definitely worth remembering or bringing out again.

Brazilian’s Greatest Female Actress at her Peak.
This is a film of contrasts. From Rio de Janeiro’s Metropolis-like urban hell to Brasil’s Nordeste – a barren place of barren and huge landscapes and unmittigated Faith.
Dora’s character, played by sublime actress Fernanda Montenegro (Oscar nominated and certainly worthy of winning…) evolves from an urban Rio de Janeiro’s letter writer-devil’ll do all to a mother figure to street kid Josué after his own mother dies.

After that this is a spiritual road movie – for Josué’s long lost father – and for Dora’s long lost faith in herself and in other human beings – which she eventually achieves most purely in Josués character.

This is a powerful movie. Christianly so. Any religion-so. But mostly a movie about trust in the residual bits of humanity that allow those in near-despair to believe. Maybe not in God as such – but in christian individuals as such…

So is this a religious movie? Not exactly. And not at all a Catholic one.

But it is a delightful innocent mix-up of beliefs, with a kind of untainted christianism standing out.


The first time I saw this film I came to the conclusion it was not only a simple movie. It was pure MAGIC! I was so touched that I could not stop crying.At the end the audience gave the movie a great and long run of applause! I saw it again in movie theaters many other times. And the pleasure I felt each time I saw it again was greater and greater. After the fifth time I started going to the cinema to see the other people’s reaction to it. It was incredible the way the movie pleased all kinds of people (the young, the old, men, women, etc). I am so glad I can share this experience with people from all over the world! Thank you for the oportunity of having it in video! WATCH CENTRAL STATION, and if you’re at least a little bit sensitive you’ll have an extraordinary experience!

Central Station, 9.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings


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