Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Faces Central to `Station'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Faces Central to `Station'

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The destination of Central Station, a Brazilian road movie, is never particularly in doubt, but the getting there has its rewards.

Director Walter Salles has created a warm, low-key and human story that'll remind movie buffs pleasantly of the foreign movies they used to show in uncomfortable college theaters and libraries 30 years ago.

Central Station, now open at the Pablo 9 in Jacksonville Beach, got an Oscar nomination for its Brazilian star, Fernanda Montenegro. Lined and guarded, she's convincing as Dora, a gruff, lonely woman who spends her days in Rio de Janeiro's main train station, writing letters for the illiterate poor. She's not interested in good deeds, though: She charges them for her service, and most of the letters get thrown in the trash after she's finished mocking them.

But, forced by circumstance and the slight thawing of her heart, she finds some good left in her -- she'll try to rescue a wary 9-year-old street kid named Josue and take him to find his long-lost father out in Brazil's dusty frontier. …

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