Global CINEMAspectives Film & Discussion Series
"Central Station" is the story of a former Brazilian school teacher, who write letters for illiterate people, and a young Brazilian boy. Dora spends all day listening to the heartfelt thoughts of strangers, writes them down and then never bothers to mail the letters. Then a letter by the little boy's mother permanently alters her world. The mother dictates a beseeching letter to her absent husband, then leaves the station and is killed by a bus. Suddenly, the boy knows no one and has no place to go. Dora agrees to take him on an emotive journey into the Brazilian countryside in search of his father.