Central Station (Portuguese: Central do Brasil) is an Academy
Award-nominated 1998 drama film set in Brazil. It tells the story of a
young boy's friendship with a 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. The film was an international co-production
between Brazil and France.
Dora (Montenegro) is a former school teacher. Now a bitter old woman, she
works at Rio de Janeiro's Central Station, writing letters for illiterate
customers in exchange for money. She hates her customers, calling them
"trash," and often does not mail the letters she writes, just putting them
in a drawer, or even tearing them apart.
Josué is a 9-year-old boy who has never met his father. His mother is
sending letters to his father through Dora. When she dies in a dramatic
accident at the station, Dora takes Josué on a trip to the north-east of
the country to find his father. They become great friends, despite the
great age difference between them. Later, after Josué convinces her to do
so, Dora mails the letters she has written.
About the director:
Walter Moreira Salles Jr. (born April 12, 1956, Rio de Janeiro) is a
Brazilian filmmaker and film producer of international prominence. In
2003, Salles was voted one of the 40 Best Directors in the World by The
Guardian. His biggest international success has been Diarios de
Motocicleta (2004; English title: The Motorcycle Diaries), about the life
of young Ernesto Guevara, who later became known as Che Guevara. It was
Salles's first foray as director of a film in a language other than his
native Portuguese (Spanish, in this case) and quickly became a box-office
hit in Latin America and Europe.
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