Carandiru

2004, Movie, R, 148 mins

The law of the street dominates veteran Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco's loose adaptation of Dr. Drauzio Varella's fictionalized 1999 memoir Carandiru Station as surely as it does Fernando Meirelles' electrifying CITY OF GOD (2002). The difference: Rio de Janeiro's cidade de deus is a slum so isolated it might as well be a penitentiary, while Sao Paolo's Carandiru is a penitentiary so unmanageable it's essentially a slum with bars. This episodic collection of overlapping tales opens in the 1980s, as a principled doctor (Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) volunteers to teach AIDS prevention and provide general medical care to Carandiru inmates. Once he gets pa...
Released: 2004 Rated: R Length: 148 mins

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