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Pixote Available once again, director Hector Babenco's Pixote (1981, New Yorker, unrated, $89.95, subtitled) has lost none of its blunt power. The briskly...PixoteDrama, Foreign LanguageUnrated Available once again, director Hector Babenco's Pixote (1981, New Yorker, unrated, $89.95, subtitled) has lost none of its blunt power. The briskly...1998-01-16
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Pixote

Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Director: Hector Babenco; MPAA Rating: Unrated

Available once again, director Hector Babenco’s Pixote (1981, New Yorker, unrated, $89.95, subtitled) has lost none of its blunt power. The briskly intense drama follows a crew of Sao Paulo runaways and thieves, including the 10-year-old title character (Fernando Ramos da Silva), who escape from a reform school where rape, drugs, and sadistic guards are the norm to an even more sordid life outside. Babenco (Kiss of the Spider Woman) coaxes miraculous performances, mostly from nonactors – especially Da Silva, who ironically found a real life of crime irresistible. He was arrested for armed robbery in 1984 and shot to death three years later during a holdup. Pixote is his sad and shining legacy. A-