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  Carandiru (2004): Reviews
Carandiru is Babenco's fourth film set inside some type of incarceration facility and meshes his documentary style and fondness for realism with the escapism of storytelling found in "Kiss of the Spider Woman." It plunges us deep inside a corrupt system and its sincere empathy creates a stirring mix of emotions.
It is Carandiru's ability to humanize its central characters...
Carandiru's every scene is cut from factory-issue prison-genre cloth to fit jailhouse stock characters.
www.metacritic.com /film/titles/carandiru   (888 words)

  
 Magnum Search results for: BRAZIL. Sao Paolo. Carandiru Prison.
Carandiru Prison in Sao Paolo is amongst the world's largest prisons - it occupies a whole neighbourhood of the city.
Whilst the situation is bad enough for the prison's Brazilian inmates, it is considerably worse for foreigners: language barriers and unscrupulous lawyers leave the prisoners open to abuse - it is not uncommon for a lwayer to disappear with the client's money without making any attempt to secure their release.
Carandiru Prison in Sao Paolo is amongst the world's largest prisons - it occupies a whole neighbourhood...
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 Metroactive Movies | 'Carandiru'
The history of Carandiru is appalling even by the standards of Brazilian justice--and even to those who saw City of God and Bus 174.
Varella's memoir, Carandiru Station, was a bestseller in Brazil, but Babenco found out about the story directly from Varella, the oncologist who treated the director for his near-fatal case of lymphoma.
Carandiru (Unrated; 148 min.), directed by Hector Babenco, written by Babenco, Fernando Bonassi, Victor Navas and Dráuzio Varella, photographed by Walter Carvalho and starring Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Wagner Moura and Caio Blat, opens Friday at Camera 3 in San Jose.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/05.19.04/carandiru-0421.html   (628 words)

  
 Carandiru (2003)
At times shocking in its brutality, Carandiru is also a humane and profoundly moving film about men struggling to hold onto their humanity in hellish conditions.
Based on the memoirs of Brazilian doctor Drauzio Varella, who volunteered at Sao Paulo's Carandiru prison for 14 years, Babenco's film weaves together the stories of several inmates under the care of a compassionate physician (Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos).
With Carandiru, Babenco returns to the prison milieu that he previously explored in both the Oscar-nominated Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) and the magnificent Pixote (1981), which remains his greatest film.
www.reel.com /movie.asp?MID=139026&Tab=reviews&CID=13   (582 words)

  
 Carandiru
De dokter wordt geconfronteerd met buitengewoon ernstige problemen binnen deze gevangenis, beter bekend onder de naam Carandiru, de grootste in Latijns Amerika: overbevolkte cellen, vervallen gebouwen, erbarmelijke levensomstandigheden, ziekten zoals tbc, cachexie, en het begin van een aidsepidemie.
Carandiru met ruim 7.000 gevangenen is een enorme uitdaging voor de nieuwkomer.
Als befaamd oncoloog is hij gewoon met de meest geavanceerde technologie te werken, in de gevangenis heeft hij enkel zijn stethoscoop, zijn gevoel en bereidheid te luisteren.
www.cinebel.be /nl/film/8996-Carandiru.htm   (165 words)

  
 Bob the Angry Flower   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Carandiru, for those of us not up on our monolithic, inhumanly overcrowded Brazilian prisons, is a monolithic, inhumanly overcrowded Brazilian prison -- or rather it was; at the risk of spoiling the movie I'm gonna reveal that the prison gets it in the end.
Carandiru the movie is much like Carandiru the prison -- sprawling, dense with detail and incident, lots of stuff and people crammed into a small space.
Carandiru takes us to a sweaty, stinky, violent place, a place of men and men turned into women, a strange little world of rapists and murderers and thugs and thieves all living in quasi-peace.
www.angryflower.com /caran.html   (559 words)

  
 DNK Amazon Store :: Carandiru
The setting is grim, but Carandiru is easily one of Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco's most living, thriving works, with scores of powerful performances and an engaging style underscoring the cathartic power of storytelling.
Built in 1928 to hold 4,000 prisoners, the Carandiru House of Detention in Sao Paulo housed 7,500 violent criminals and was the largest prison in Latin America.
The result is for the most part a detailed portrait of daily life at Carandiru -- rivalries, loyalties, fights, love affairs, drug abuse, and murder -- along with a portrayal of the warden and his staff that is unexpectedly sympathetic.
www.entertainmentcareers.net /book/ProductDetails.aspx?asin=B0002LJTIG   (848 words)

  
 The Seattle Times: Movies: Detention, despair, devastation
The prisoners' sordid tales are told through the civilian perspective of the doctor (Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) who volunteers at Carandiru with an open mind and compassionate spirit, struggling to contain an AIDS epidemic while treating other diseases that would prompt a lesser man to bolt for the exits.
Still, "Carandiru" has moments of raw, unflinching power, and the 1992 massacre — in which police invaded Carandiru and killed 111 inmates out of alleged "self-defense" (no police were injured), is depicted with the kind of potency that (like "City of God") prompted reform in Brazilian prison policy.
Carandiru was demolished in 2002, and Babenco's film ends with footage of its implosion.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/movies/2001964618_carandiru25.html   (541 words)

  
 BBC News | AMERICAS | Inside Latin America's worst prison
Carandiru jail in Sao Paulo Brazil, holds more than 7,000 prisoners in a space designed for just half that number.
But once he arrived in Carandiru, getting them removed proved to be an epic struggle lasting more than three years.
The director of Carandiru is frank about his inability to administer the jail properly.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/americas/234812.stm   (637 words)

  
 Carandiru (www.the-usher.com)
Based on the novel by actual Carandiru doctor Drauzio Varella, we learn about the main characters of the prison as they talk openly to the doctor about how the actually came to be in prison.
This is a man who can decide life or death within Carandiru, as he controls all the drugs and most of the biggest thugs on his payroll.
Carandiru is a first rate prison drama that is made all the more watchable when you find out that it is based on real events.
www.kelwick.karoo.net /TheUsher-Speaks2003/TheUsherSpeaks-Carandiru.htm   (1143 words)

  
 Carandiru - Preview Online
Until the massacre of October 2, 1992, however, Carandiru had been a little microcosm of human society: day-to-day organisation, catering, the meting out of justice, who slept where and with whom - all was down to the inmates.
Not that Carandiru wasn’t violent at times: holding street criminals, rapists, drug dealers, pimps and petty thieves, it had a rigid set of rules, the breaking of which brought pretty much instant retribution.
Like Babenco, Varella was fascinated by Carandiru, staying longer there than he might have been expected to, and winning the trust of the inmates because of the straightforward way in which he treated them.
www.preview-online.com /w2003/feature_articles/carandiru/index.html   (1066 words)

  
 Carandiru Movie Review at Hollywood Video
At times shocking in its brutality, Carandiru is also a humane and profoundly moving film about men struggling to hold onto their humanity in hellish conditions.
With Carandiru, Babenco returns to the prison milieu that he previously explored in both the Oscar-nominated Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) and the magnificent Pixote (1981), which remains his greatest film.
In this film, he juggles the many characters and their intersecting storylines with a remarkable assurance that is a match for Robert Altman at his best.
www.hollywoodvideo.com /movies/movie.aspx?MID=139026   (773 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Carandiru: DVD: Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos,Milton Gonçalves,Ivan de Almeida,Ailton Graça,Maria Luisa ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Built in 1928 to hold 4,000 prisoners, the Carandiru House of Detention in Sao Paulo housed 7,500 violent criminals and was the largest prison in Latin America.
The depicted humanity magnifies the violence that is brought to the Carandiru through the 300 police officers that stormed the jail with assault rifles.
Carandiru was a true depcition of prison life in the eyes of a doctor, inmates, and family members.
www.amazon.com /Carandiru-Luiz-Carlos-Vasconcelos/dp/B0002LJTIG   (1756 words)

  
 sBMJ | Carandiru
Hector Babenco's Carandiru is a bizarre and fascinating exploration of the real life events that took place in the lead up to the 1992 rebellion in Carandiru prison, Sao Paolo, Brazil, in which 112 inmates were killed.
Carandiru is based on an account by the oncologist Drauzio Varella, whose book Estação Carandiru recounted his time as a volunteer doctor in the prison.
Though powerful, Carandiru lacks the energy and urgency of City of God (the remarkable 2002 film that explored the lives of impoverished children as they grow up in the slums of Rio, Brazil, in a world of drugs and violence) but effectively reminds us of the catastrophic event.
www.studentbmj.com /issues/04/06/reviews/261.php   (526 words)

  
 RTÉ.ie Entertainment: Carandiru
In 1992 there was a riot at Carandiru, the notorious Sao Paulo House of Detention, and 111 inmates died after military police stormed the prison.
Babenco uses Drauzio Varella's book 'Carandiru Station' to tell the stories of the prisoners' lives, before and during their time in Carandiru, as well as depicting the bloodbath.
Although 'Carandiru' is not as engaging or as powerful as it could have been it does, nevertheless, bear witness to this blot on the much-stained human rights conscience of Brazil.
www.rte.ie /arts/2004/0527/carandiru.html   (515 words)

  
 Las Vegas Mercury: Carandiru
And if Carandiru initially feels like just about the strangest prison flick ever--more soap opera than prison drama, chockfull of the usual, clichéd suspects (thieves, drug dealers, rapists, murderers) and bordering at times on comedy--it pays to stick with it.
Their film is based on the book Carandiru Station by Drauzio Varella, a doctor who worked in the Casa de Detenã‹o for 12 years.
Carandiru is saved from being a total downer by closing, documentary shots that add a vaguely hopeful postscript to this otherwise sad, sobering story.
www.lasvegasmercury.com /2004/MERC-Jun-24-Thu-2004/24162430.html   (473 words)

  
 'Carandiru's' Brutal Humanity (washingtonpost.com)
WHAT IS MOST AMAZING about "Carandiru," Hector Babenco's brilliant, fact-based drama about events leading up to a notorious 1992 massacre in a Sao Paolo prison, is how a film so claustrophobic manages to feel, in the end, so expansive.
Ultimately, it is "Carandiru's" ability to humanize its central characters -- to make you care about the murderers, thieves, junkies and whores who are Carandiru's citizens, and its doomed heroes -- that gives the movie its wrenching, tragic power.
When "Carandiru's" climactic violence erupts into a rolling boil -- precipitated by a trivial argument that leads to an all-out revolt, quashed by police with riot gear and automatic weapons -- it happens so suddenly that you might not even notice that Babenco has been slowly turning up the heat since the first frame.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A12622-2004Jun3.html   (524 words)

  
 The Movie Chicks - Review - Carandiru
Carandiru is like a detention center from your worst nightmare.
It is built to house a maximum of 3,000 prisoners, but there are nearly 8,000 men crammed into deplorable conditions (up to 17 in a cell).
Just surviving a stay in Carandiru would be bad enough, but the story shifts to an even greater tragedy - a rebellion sparks the worst prison massacre in history that leaves 111 convicts dead.
www.themoviechicks.com /mid2004/mcrcarandiru.html   (355 words)

  
 Political Film Society - Carandiru
On October 2, 1992, some 111 inmates of the House of Detention at Carandiru, São Paulo, were brutally gunned down by a riot squad called in to break up a fight between rival gangs.
The film Carandiru, directed by Hector Babenco, recreates those events with voiceovers by the physician (played by Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) of the jail and testimony by several survivors, though based on the novel Estação Carandiru by Dr. Dráuzio Varella, the actual prison physician from 1988-1992.
Released at the time when stories of torture by American soldiers in an Iraqi prison dominated the news, Carandiru demonstrates what happens when those in authority seem to believe that their one joy in life is to use their power as inhumanely as possible.
www.geocities.com /~polfilms/carandiru.html   (592 words)

  
 Carandiru
"Carandiru" is a strong and provocative Brazilian film that sheds light on the brutal realities of prison life.
The film has been compared with the Oscar nominee, "City of God," but the two films have almost nothing in common except both are in Portuguese.
"Carandiru" is not groundbreaking but paints a convincing portrait of a hellish environment with its own rules and hierarchy.
www.reelmoviecritic.com /rmc/C/carandiru.htm   (372 words)

  
 Carandiru (2004)
Carandiru is set in Brazil in what is labeled in the film as the largest prison in South America.
Carandiru is based on a novel written by the actual doctor who treated the men of the Carandiru prison.
They are made to be likable simply by their charm as in the character of Highness or with their sensitivity as in the characters of Lady Di and his lover, but not much else of their characteristics is developed.
www.filmmonthly.com /Video/Articles/Carandiru/Carandiru.html   (655 words)

  
 Carandiru
What is most amazing about Carandiru, Hector Babenco's brilliant, fact-based drama about events leading to a notorious massacre in a Brazilian prison, is how a film so claustrophobic manages to feel, in the end, so expansive.
Ultimately, it is Carandiru's ability to humanize its central characters - to make you care about the murderers, thieves, junkies and whores who are Carandiru's citizens, and its doomed heroes - that gives the movie its wrenching, tragic power.
When Carandiru's climactic violence erupts into a rolling boil - precipitated by a trivial argument that leads to an all-out revolt, quashed brutally by police - it happens so suddenly that you may not notice that Babenco has been slowly turning up the heat since the first frame.
www.azcentral.com /ent/movies/articles/0730carandiru30.html   (489 words)

  
 Carandiru (2003)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Carandiru Prision, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil more
The real Carandiru prison was demolished in 2002, it will be transformed into a park with arts facilities.
If I wanted to send I message I would go to the Post Office!" Also he stated that the destruction of the detention center, Carandiru, was an important step in their government.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0293007   (573 words)

  
 VOIR.CA - Montréal - Cinéma - Détails du film - Carandiru
Carandiru est un film captivant qui fait ressortir le côté humain en chacun de nous pour assurer notre survie.
Si on s'attend en visionnant Carandiru à entendre le récit d'un médecin et de ses préoccupations alors qu'il se retrouve à soigner la faune bigarrée des prisonniers de Carandiru, on se trompe royalement.
Carandiru rempli totalement sa mission et c'est un film à voir pour son côté criant de vérité et son côté humain.
www.voir.ca /redirect.aspx?iIDCritique=85645   (1117 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Carandiru [2004]: DVD: Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos,Milton Gonçalves,Ivan de Almeida,Ailton Graça,Maria ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The setting is grim, but Carandiru is easily one of Brazilian film-maker Hector Babenco's most living, thriving works, with scores of powerful performances and an engaging style underscoring the cathartic power of story-telling.
Based on the book 'Carandiru Station' by Dr. Drauzio Varella, this the story of a doctor working at the state prison Carandiru in order to implement an AIDS prevention programme.
The doctor says that at Carandiru "I heard stories, made real friends, learned medicine and penetrated a few of the mysteries of life in jail which would have remained inaccessible were I not a doctor".
www.amazon.co.uk /gp/product/B00024769M?tag=technically0b-21&link_code=sp1&camp=2025&dev-t=0T1Q3KQYBRP8TS6YAFR2   (1533 words)

  
 Carandiru
A travers son regard, c'est toute la tragédie sociale d'un pays qui se révèle, jusqu'au jour du terrible massacre de Carandiru...
On retrouve en partie, dans CARANDIRU, le nouveau film d'Hector Babenco, la force de PIXOTE, LA LOI DU PLUS FAIBLE, l'un de ses premiers longs métrages.
Je ne serai pas surpris que Carandiru entre dans le Guiness des records des plus grandes injustices cinématographiques enregistrées en France.
www.allocine.fr /film/fichefilm_gen_cfilm=52585.html   (406 words)

  
 Brazzil Mag - Brazil's Carandiru Massacre: 111 Dead, 13 years, No One Guilty
Carandiru Prison's Massacre (111 Deaths) Mastermind Murdered in Brazil
The massacre at Carandiru has already been the subject of books, films, news shows, and of innumerable reports from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and others.
Althought the Carandiru Massacre is not recognized as a genocide, it is incredibly necessary that its importance be recognized.
www.brazzilmag.com /content/view/5660/53   (3214 words)

  
 Carandiru | | Guardian Unlimited Arts
But Carandiru certainly shows the Pixote generation in various evolutionary stages, from teenagers to very old men.
They all have stories to tell, and Carandiru has an amiable portmanteau feel as their tales are rolled out in a series of flashbacks: bizarre, daring crimes, ferocious arguments and domestic wars which end the way they begin: in violent chaos.
Carandiru is more measured, and even stately, in the way its old lags - fundamentally respectful - troop through the doctor's infirmary and recount their autobiographies.
arts.guardian.co.uk /fridayreview/story/0,,1192365,00.html   (730 words)

  
 CARANDIRU Synopsis
The inmates have access to neither medical care nor legal assistance.
Carandiru, housing 7,000 prisoners in a facility meant for 3,000, is a huge challenge for the newcomer.
But after working there for a few months he perceives something that will transform him: the inmates, even in this appalling situation, are not demonic figures.
www.tribute.ca /synopsis.asp?m_id=8615   (191 words)

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