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Pixote (1981)

Cast: Fernando Ramos Da Silva, Fernando Ramos Da Silva, Jorge Juliano, more...
Director: Hector Babenco, Hector Babenco
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Yorker Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Coming of Age , Latin America, Brazil
Running Time: 127 min.
Languages: Portuguese
Subtitles: English
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The Brazilian Pixote so closely resembles the films of Luis Buñuel that one is almost shocked to see writer/director Hector Babenco's name on the credits. This is hardly the only shock in this near-hallucinatory cinematic experience. The title character, played by Fernando Ramos da Silva, has been abandoned by his parents and is scrounging for a living on the streets. Pixote survives by becoming a drug-dealer, pimp and murderer...and he's only ten years old. One of the first films to address the plight of Rio de Janeiro's street kids, Pixote combines stark realism with symbolic imagery. The film is based on José Louzeiro's novel Infancia dos Martos. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Gritty Portrayal stars real "Delinquent" by dcapistrano May 10, 2004 - 3:53 AM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
this film is an unflinching look into the life of Pixote, a young delinquent from the "favelas" of Brazil. the authenticity of the acting in this film is hightened by the fact that Hector Babenco uses real street kids to play the roles of street kids. What results is startling scenes of corruption, police abuse, violence, betrayal, greed, and ultimately, loss. Not the loss of innocence for Pixote, an illusion we are never patronized with, no, but the loss of hope. As addiction ultimately is the winning entity in Requiem for a Dream, a sense of despair is ultimately all that is left in the wake of this movie.
for viewers that enjoy films being spoon fed to them, wrapped up in a package of silver linings and hope at the end of the dark tunnel, this movie is not for you.

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