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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Portuguese ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Arabic ( Subtitles ), Czech ( Subtitles ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Hebrew ( Subtitles ), Hindi ( Subtitles ), Hungarian ( Subtitles ), Icelandic ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Polish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The human life teeming through this sprawling portrait of Brazil's criminal class crowded within a notorious penitentiary exudes a throbbing flesh-and-blood intensity that's so compelling it's impossible to avert your eyes. Watching this messy epic feels a little like being jammed into an un-air-conditioned subway car on a steamy summer night as it rattles through an urban wasteland. At any second, things could explode. And eventually they do. It is the 1980's, and the setting is Sao Paolo's real-life House of Detention, which was torn down in 2002, a decade after a riot led to the massacre of 111 inmates by the police. The film is a splashy return to form by the celebrated director of "Pixote" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman." In examining social ills, it interweaves multiple stories of the prisoners' lives as viewed by a doctor volunteering his services. Below its documentary-like sprawl, "Carandiru" is a hands-on movie passionately engaged in its characters' personal dramas. Just when it threatens to go soft, it erupts in what may be the most horrific prison riot ever filmed. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Cartagena Film Festival, ...Carandiru ( Carandirú )
Vivid account of life in the Sao Paulo Detention Centre as seen through the eyes of a doctor (Vasconcelos) who is attending the facility to promote AIDS awareness and prevention to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Apollo
This is one of the best movies made in Brazil.....The story is dark and raw....Very good movie!!Published 9 months ago by Fluminense
The dvd was impossible to play on European Equipment. No information on this limitation was available from Amazon. A great disappointment!Any surgestions?!Published 19 months ago by bjørn-olav engebretsen
this story is based on the book Carandiru Station. Brazil's best actors light up the screen portraying well written roles based on real prisoners and their families. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by joAnn B.
this is one of the best movies from brazil and it' s a great inspiration to present a little piece of realityPublished on September 9, 2012 by Ivan Vigil Molina
one name hector babenco. truly an artist in all of his films from his academy award winning "pixote" and "kiss of the spiderwoman" as well as award winning "at play in the fields... Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by ray
Sometimes I wish there was a 4.5 star rating...
There are flaws - the doctor at the center of this prison
story stays a grinning Buddha- like cipher, some of the... Read more
Carandiru is a Brazillian film about the famous prison in Sao Paulo (now destroyed) where a riot back in the early 90's led to the police storming the facility and killing over 100... Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Michael Fishman