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Carandiru

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Carandiru
Carandiru: Marlene Bergamo

Carandiru

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
145 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/14/04
performer:
Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Gero Camilo, Milhem Cortaz, Aida Leiner
director:
Hector Babenco
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
5230, 64262, 80144
genre:
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it a B

Director Hector Babenco expresses a powerful kinship with those who have turned against society because they believe that society has turned against them. In Carandiru, which takes its title from the giant São Paulo prison fortress that closed in 2002, Babenco returns to the South American street roots of his early (and best) films ”Pixote” and ”Kiss of the Spider Woman.” He shows us life in jail, which is less rigid than in American incarceration dramas like ”Oz” or ”Animal Factory,” and he also shows us the world of squelched opportunity outside it, defining even murderers by something beyond their criminality. ”Carandiru” lays on the compassion a little thick, yet its heartfelt squalor stays with you.

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