• Carandiru (2003)


Release Date: 2003

R |2 hr 28 min

Plot Summary

A doctor (Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) listens to inmates' stories as he tests them for HIV in a dangerously overcrowded Brazilian prison.

Cast: Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Milhem Cortaz, Milton Gonçalves, Ivan de Almeida, Ailton Graça, Maria Luísa Mendonça, Aida Leiner, Rodrigo Santoro

Director: Hector Babenco

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Br Petrobas

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A prison movie of unusual richness and jarring power. show more

  • 88
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    Carandiru, which ends with actual footage of the prison being demolished in 2002, marks a terrific comeback for Babenco - it's the roughest picture of life behind bars since "Midnight Express." show more

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The movie observes and dramatizes, yet seeks no overriding social moral. show more

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