central station

As the hard-bitten Dora, 71-year-old Fernanda Montenegro carries this hard-won tear-jerker–despite the presence of a cute nine-year-old street urchin–on the strength of her character alone. She ably averts old lady clichĐšs coming across as neither decrepit, nor cute, nor maternal. Ultimately, her metamorphosis comes on her own terms. [brazil, 1998]