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Carandiru DVD

Hector Babenco, 2003


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Film Details

Directed by Hector Babenco

Produced in 2003

Main Language - Portuguese with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - South American Film

MovieMail's Review

Set in what was Brazil’s most notorious prison, Carandiru serves its time usefully and then goes out with a big bang and a nifty samba. Somewhere between high-end soap opera and Oz, Carandiru casts Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos as a doctor overhearing the funny, tragic and always unpredictable tall tales his patients spin out for him during surgery hours. Despite the forbidding location – where overcrowded cells come as standard and the threat of violence jostles for airspace with tuberculosis germs – the criminals are mostly portrayed as loveable rogues and Robin Hoods, engaging in an extension of the populist mischief Babenco favours. But the last half-hour is bravura filmmaking, more than worth the considered build-up, in which the film’s mediators vanish, the prisoners take up the story themselves, the riot squad storms in, and all hell breaks loose.

Mike McCahill on 1st July 2004
Author of 355 reviews

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Film Description

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. Volunteering his work weekly, this film tells the stories of the inmates he meets, before the infamous Pavillion 9 massacre of 1992 when 111 unarmed inmates were killed.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: Columbia Tri-Star

Length: 149 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 26th July 2004

Cat No: CDR34851

Subtitles: English, English HoH, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

DVD Extras

  • Director's commentary
  • Deleted scenes
  • The Making-of
  • Historical Footage.

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