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Carandiru Review


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From Brazil comes this introduction to the notorious Carandiru House of Detention in Sao Paolo where we meet an assortment of criminal dudes (and dudettes) living their life in a place where the con boss acts as judge and executioner to instill and maintain order. The warden and officials look on as nearly powerless overseers while the central figure who guides us through the labyrinth, the Doctor, exerts a calming as well as a healing effect on the detainees under his care.

Doctor Drauzio Varella worked in this place for over 12 years and recounts stories of crime, revenge, love, friendship and massacre in the book Carandiru Station (Estação Carandiru) from which this film was adapted by Fernando Bonassi, Hector Babenco, and Victor Navas and directed by Babenco (Pixote, The Kiss of the Spider Woman). The objective, it would seem, is to reveal the truth about a menacing place of incarceration.

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Pixote Review


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Long on emotion but short on solution, Pixote(pronounced "pishot") tells the store of a pre-teen boy (Fernando Ramos Da Silva) living in the squalor of São Paulo, Brazil. He spends the first half of the film in an awful juvenile delinquent center, then escapes and spends the latter half in the company of a few friends as they gang up to rob the customers of a prostitute friendly to their cause.

Director Hector Babenco wants to expose the problems of the Brazilian poor to the world, and while it's all very brutal and gritty, unfortunately he muddles his story with no sympathetic character at all. By the end, we've judged Pixote as just another gutterpunk, not a victim. He's written his own destiny, and we've written him off. Frankly, American versions of this have done better by portraying the victims as well as the victimizers -- namely Larry Clark in Kids.

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Before Night Falls Review


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Is there a rule that all biopics must begin at birth and end at death? Death I can understand, but the actions of a three-month old just don't seem of much relevance to any story, regardless of how important the subject is.

Alas, the subject of Before Night Falls is likely not a name you'll be familiar with anyway, but there he is, a speechless little boy playing in a pit dug in the ground. As it turns out, Reinaldo Arenas was an acclaimed Cuban author, and I have to take the press notes' word on that, as I've never heard of the guy. His life certainly appears to have been filled with adventure and tragedy, as many Cuban lives undoubtedly have been. Outcast as a youth for his interest in writing and his predilection for the male gender, Arenas was persecuted, imprisoned, exiled, and infected (apparently with AIDS, though it's never really specified). And all the while he just wants to write his poetry and novels. Perhaps the best scene in the film has Arenas floating in escape from one round in prison, his manuscript tied to his waist in a plastic bag.

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Before Night Falls Review


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Reinaldo Arenas was a gifted Cuban novelist and poet whose life of poverty, hardship, revolution, censorship, imprisonment and exile never stemmed his formulation of passionate prose.

In "Before Night Falls," artist/filmmaker Julien Schnabel pays devotional homage to the writer with a soul-probing and beautifully cinematic adaptation of his memoirs, begun in a Cuban prison in 1973 and published posthumously after he succumbed to AIDS in New York in 1990.

The film, which tracks Arenas's entire life beginning with his childhood in a dirt-floored farmhouse, features dulcet, moving voice-overs from his poetry. It boasts powerful symbolism and political statements about freedom and persecution, not to mention cinematography that brings vividly to life the ironic contrast of Cuba's impoverished living conditions with its breathtaking beauty.

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