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Central Station

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Roberto Benigni isn’t the only exuberant foreigner to enchant America this year. Brazilian star Montenegro breaks hearts as the homely ex-schoolteacher in Walter Salles’ spiritual road movie/love story Central Station (a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee). Usually, it’s the helpless child — in this case, a motherless boy (De Oliveira) searching for the father he can’t remember — who grabs audiences. But Montenegro is the captivating one here. She’s at once wrenchingly lonely and unfailingly optimistic, her performance so good she earned a Best Actress nomination. A