The best Brazilian movie, according to FilmGourmand, is the "Central Station" by Walter Salles.
The film received high marks from the professional cinema community: it was awarded 36 awards at various film forums and film festivals, including the American Golden Globe, the British BAFTA (both awards as the best film in a foreign language), the Golden Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival (for best directing). In addition, "Central Station" in the Best Foreign Film category was nominated for an Oscar, the French Cesar Award and the Italian David di Donatello. Oscar and Cesar “Central Station” lost to the movie masterpiece of Roberto Benigni “La vita e bella (Life is beautiful)” (more than understandable), but the Italian award went to the film “Train de vie (Train of Life)” by Romanian filmmaker Radu Mihaileanu.
Film critics also generally praised the picture. Owen Gleiberman: "In outline, Central Station recalls many of the bogusly sticky adult-kid bonding tales that have been the bane of foreign cinema for too long, but Salles, like De Sica and Renoir, displays a pure and unpatronizing feel for the poetry of broken lives. His movie is really about that most everyday of miracles: the rebirth of hope."
Janet Maslin: "he film has taken on a Felliniesque sense of spiritual discovery just as surely as Ms. Montenegro resembles Giulietta Masina in both feistiness and appearance."
Roger Ebert put the film is not the highest rating - only three stars out of four. However, he notes: "The movie's success rests largely on the shoulders of Fernanda Montenegro, an actress who successfully defeats any temptation to allow sentimentality to wreck her relationship with the child. She understands that the film is not really about the boy's search for his father, but about her own reawakening. This process is measured out so carefully that we don't even notice the point at which she crosses over into a gentler person. ... It's strange about a movie like this. The structure intends us to be moved by the conclusion, but the conclusion is in many (not all) ways easy to anticipate. What moved me was the process, the journey, the change in the woman, the subtlety of sequences like the one where she falls for a truck driver who doesn't fall for her. It's in such moments that the film has its magic. The ending can take care of itself."
In Russia, the film was not presented officialy. But since 2001 (three years later, after the whole world watched the movie) it could be watched on DVD.
The film was highly appreciated by the audience: 73% of the users of IMDB and Kinopoisk worldwide gave the film 8 or more points. Box office around the world 7 times surpassed the budget of the picture.
According to FilmGourmand, “Central Station” has a rating of 10.078 and is ranked 34th in the FilmGourmand Golden Thousand.
Besides the "Central Station" the list of the best Brazilian movies includes:
- Cidade de Deus (City of God) by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund. 2002. Movie's Rating - 9,368, 87th Rank in the Golden Thousand.
- O Pagador de Promessas (The Given Word) by Anselmo Duarte. 1962. Movie's Rating - 8,974, 164th Rank in the Golden Thousand.
- Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks) by Daniel Ribeiro. 2014. Movie's Rating - 7,848, 923rd Rank in the Golden Thousand.
- Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad) by Jose Padilha. 2007.
- Tropa de Elite 2 - O Inimigo Agora E Outro (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) by Jose Padilha. 2010.
- Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (Pixote) by Hector Babenco. 1981.