Is this film fun to watch? Generally NO. BUT, I still appreciated the fine acting and the film's refusal to give into cheap sentimentality. The main character is a realistic portrait of a woman with a heart of aluminum at best (certainly not GOLD). She is generally uncaring a self-serving but over time she grows a little--if you expect much, then boy are you in for a disappointment. And, considering how this violates the clichés associated with this type of film, I was thrilled. In many ways this film was a Brazilian version of the Japanese film Kikujirô no natsu (or vice-versa) in that both main characters are terribly flawed and try to help a lost child. FYI--Central Station appeared a year before Kitano's film, Kikujirô no natsu.
Dora, a dour old woman who hates customers and calls them 'trash,' works at a Rio de Janeiro central station writing and mailing letters for customers. Josue is a 9-year-old boy who never met his father. His mother is sending letters to his father through Dora. When she dies in a car accident, Dora takes Josue on a trip to find his father.
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