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Carandiru

Rated R for strong bloody violence/carnage, language, sexuality and drug use.

R In Theaters 05/14/2004 , 148min.
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Los Angeles Times
Carandiru is Babenco's fourth film set inside some type of incarceration facility and meshes his documentary style and fondness for realism with the escapism of storytelling found in "Kiss of the Spider Woman." It plunges us deep inside a corrupt system and its sincere empathy creates a stirring mix of emotions. Full Review
Deborah Young
Variety
A low-structure, high-involvement Brazilian free-for-all destined to take its place among hellish prison films, Carandiru plants a fist in the viewer's stomach. Full Review
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Carandiru is Babenco's fourth film set inside some type of incarceration facility and meshes his documentary style and fondness for realism with the escapism of storytelling found in "Kiss of the Spider Woman." It plunges us deep inside a corrupt system and its sincere empathy creates a stirring mix of emotions. Full Review
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter
The movie observes and dramatizes, yet seeks no overriding social moral. Full Review
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
It is Carandiru's ability to humanize its central characters ... that gives the movie its wrenching, tragic power Full Review

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