Central Station is one of the best foreign films I’ve seen. It’s also the first Brazilian film I’ve seen. The opening cinematography is honest and gritty, and you can almost feel the hustle and bustle a train station in Rio, Brazil.
The story is of a woman who makes her living writing letters for the illiterate, and of her chance meeting with a woman and son who come to her to write a letter to the boy’s father that the boy wants to meet him. Tragically, the boy witnesses the accidental death of his mother at the train station, and the woman letter-writer, although initially resentful, becomes a surrogate mother for the orphaned boy and vows to make good on the last wish of the boy’s mother that he be reunited with his father.
It is a tale of the flight of the human spirit and the realization that there is hope, even in the seemingly darkest moments of life.