An utterly charming road trip across the Brazilian countryside, without a hint of the cloying sentimentality one might expect. Retired teacher Dora (Fernanda Montenegro) is a crusty, emotionally dead 67-year-old who ekes out a living writing and (sometimes) posting
letters for illiterate customers in Rio de Janeiro's Central Station. One afternoon, a young mother asks Dora to write a letter to the wayward father of her 9-year-old son Josué (Vinicius de Oliveira). Immediately after, she's struck down and killed by a bus. In a rare moment of kindness, Dora
takes the child under her wing, saving him from the dangerous life of Rio's homeless street kids, and promises ...