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Directed by: Hector Babenco

Produced: 2003

Countries & Regions: Brazil

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Length: 149 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 26 July 2004

Cat No: CDR34851

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DVD 9
Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.85
Dolby Digital 5.1

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Carandiru

Cast: Rodrigo Santoro , Luis Carlos Vasconcelos , Milton Goncalves , Milhem Cortaz , Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos , Ivan de Almeida , Ailton Graca

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Hector Babenco’s film is based on true events and the book written by Dr Drauzio Varella. Sao Paulo’s House of Detention (referred to as... Read More

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Hector Babenco’s film is based on true events and the book written by Dr Drauzio Varella. Sao Paulo’s House of Detention (referred to as Carandiru) is one of Latin America’s largest prison systems. When a doctor (Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) arrives at the jail to test patients for HIV infection he soon realises that there is an internal power structure among the prisoners, dealing with overcrowding, disease and illegal drug use. However, almost as soon as he manages to establish the prisoners’ trust and a routine, the prisoners begin to react violently to their situation, culminating in what is now known as the Carandiru Massacre - which took place on October 2nd, 1992.

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.

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