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Central Station

  R Closed Captioning

Walter Salles

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About the Movie

When his mother is killed in front of Rio de Janeiro's central station a young boy turns to a middle-aged woman for companionship. Lonely and embittered, the woman begrudgingly agrees to escort him to his father in rural Brazil. As the two make their way through Brazil's rugged interior, they gradually form a bond that sustains them through emotional loss.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 49
  • Fresh: 46
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Salles directs simply and watchfully, with an eye that seems to penetrate all the characters who are encountered on Dora's and Josue's journey. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A richly tender and moving experience. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: [Salles'] imagery, like his storytelling, is clear, often unaffectedly lovely, and quietly, powerfully haunting. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: As beautiful as it is wrenching. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Feb 24, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Not Hollywood

Great sad movie with brilliant performance of Fernanda Montenegro. Beautiful music within the whole movie. For those who likes something different from the Hollywood-standard Films!!!

wonderful movie

Just the best...

Great movie, not in widescreen

Great movie. HOWEVER, This movie is supposed to be in the widescreen format, not 4x3 standard format. For that reason alone, I decided to purchase this from That Big Bad Online Retail Store for $15.00. Apple's loss. If you're going to release a movie, Apple, at least get the format correct.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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