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Carandiru (2004) Director Hector Babenco expresses a powerful kinship with those who have turned against society because they believe that society has turned against them. In Carandiru… 2004-05-14 R PT145M Drama Foreign Language Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos Gero Camilo Milhem Cortaz Aida Leiner Sony Pictures Classics
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Carandiru (2004)

MPAA Rating: R

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Carandiru | POINTED DISCUSSION Director Babenco explores Brazil's social stratification and prison life in ''Carandiru''
Image credit: Carandiru: Marlene Bergamo
POINTED DISCUSSION Director Babenco explores Brazil's social stratification and prison life in ''Carandiru''
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: May 14, 2004; Rated: R; Length: 145 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director Hector Babenco expresses a powerful kinship with those who have turned against society because they believe that society has turned against them. In Carandiru, which takes its title from the giant São Paulo prison fortress that closed in 2002, Babenco returns to the South American street roots of his early (and best) films ''Pixote'' and ''Kiss of the Spider Woman.'' He shows us life in jail, which is less rigid than in American incarceration dramas like ''Oz'' or ''Animal Factory,'' and he also shows us the world of squelched opportunity outside it, defining even murderers by something beyond their criminality. ''Carandiru'' lays on the compassion a little thick, yet its heartfelt squalor stays with you.

Originally posted May 12, 2004 Published in issue #766 May 21, 2004 Order article reprints