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Dora (Montenegro) is a bitter, aging woman who makes a living writing letters for the illiterate at a stand located in Rio de Janeiro's central railway station. One of her customers sends letters to her 9-year-old son Josue's (de Oliveira) father, who lives in northern Brazil and who has never seen the boy. When Josue's mother is killed in an accident, Dora reluctantly takes the homeless boy in and reluctantly decides they must locate his father. Their road trip turns out to have some unexpected consequences. Portuguese with subtitles.

Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on Running time 110 minutes. Originally from Brazilian.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Road Trip, Childhood Visions, Growing Older, Only the Lonely, Rio
Screenplay
Joao Emmanuel Carneiro, Marcos Bernstein
Cast
Fernanda Montenegro, Vinicius de Oliveira, Marilia Pera, Othon Bastos
Cinematography
Walter Carvalho
Director
Walter Salles
Music
Antonio Pinto, Jaques Morelembaum
Producer
Sony Pictures Classics

Awards

British Acad. 1998: Foreign Film; Golden Globes 1999: Foreign Film; L.A. Film Critics 1998: Actress (Montenegro); Natl. Bd. of Review 1998: Actress (Montenegro), Foreign Film.

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