Reviewed by Dan Lybarger
February 10, 1998
Brazil's Central Station is one of those rare movies that can pull on an audience's emotions without ever feeling forced or manipulative. Fernanda Montenegro stars as a bitter retired teacher who supplements her income by writing letters for illiterate people. When a boy (Vinicius de Oliveira) whose mother has died winds up in her care, she reluctantly treks thousands of miles to unite him with the father he has never met. The story may sound familiar, but director Walter Salles Jr.'s straightforward approach keeps the movie from feeling stale or rote.
Oscar-nominee Fernada Montenegro shines in Central Station.
© 1998 Sony Pictures Classics, used by permission.
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