I love this film. Central Station (click title to go to OPL's catalog) is a 1998 Brazilian–French drama film set in Brazil. It tells the story of a young boy's friendship with a jaded middle-aged woman. But it’s about so much more. The film features Fernanda Montenegro and Vinícius de Oliveira in the lead roles. Montenegro was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. She plays “Dora,” a cynical, joyless woman who crosses paths with an abandoned young boy, Oliveira’s “Josue.” Gorgeously filmed and featuring two outstanding performances by both lead actors, Central Station observes this “odd couple” as they develop an emotional bond that changes them both profoundly. Director Salles's background in documentary filmmaking brings a strong sense of Brazil's urban and rural landscapes to this film. It’s the filmmaker's restraint that makes Central Station’s sentiments so deeply felt. Salles directs purely and attentively, with an eye that empathizes with all the characters encountered on this poignant journey.
''Central Station'' is rated R and includes brief violence and mild profanity.
Directed by Walter Salles; written (in Portuguese, with English subtitles) by Joao Emanuel Carneiro and Marcos Bernstein, based on an original idea by Mr. Salles; director of photography, Walter Carvalho; edited by Isabelle Rathery and Felipe Lacerda; music by Antonio Pinto and Jaques Morelembaum; production designers, Cassio Amarante and Carla Caffe; produced by Arthur Cohn and Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre; released by Sony Pictures Classics. Running time: 115 minutes.
WITH: Fernanda Montenegro (Dora), Marilia Pera (Irene), Vinicius de Oliveira (Josue), Soia Lira (Ana) and Othon Bastos (Cesar).