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Jul 7, 2007 | Central Station (1998)

I stumbled across Central Station, a Brazilian film directed by Walter Salles, at the library while looking for other things to watch. The plot is relatively simple: a retired school teacher writing letters for illiterate people at Rio de Janeiro’s busiest train station, and a young, obstinate child by the name of Josué, fierce in his own way, the unlikely two united by an accidental tragedy. It is through tragedy that they find out about themselves and about each other, traveling from the bustling metropolis to the barren lands of the southeastern areas of Brazil in search of a man they must find, and perhaps more.

With rich beautiful and raw scenery, exquisite acting, and a simpleness that fleshes out the heart of the story, this tale is marvelously enacted and set, and is strongly recommended as a family movie or for those insightful thought-provoking moments that remind you of L’Uomo delle Stelle (The Starmaker). The music by Morelembaum adds further depth to the storyline. It’s also a movie that challenges your suspicions, keeping you at the edge of your seat, and it isn’t until the movie is at its end that you can revisit every little detail that Salles makes sure you won’t forget.

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