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...