Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco directs the confrontational drama Carandiru, based on the best-selling novel by Dr. Drauzio Varella. The episodic story is set in Sao Paulo's House of Detention (referred to as Carandiru), one of Latin America's largest prison systems. The doctor (Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) is an oncologist who arrives in the jail to test patients for HIV infection. Seeing the disease, overcrowding, and rampant circulation of drugs, the doctor comes to realize the internal power structure among the prisoners. Several narratives develop, including the attempted murder of Dagger (Milhem Cortaz), the solitary confinement of Chico (Milton Goncalves), and the romance between Lady Di (Rodrigo Santoro) and Too Bad (Gero Camilo). The doctor eventually establishes a routine and sees the prisoners as survivors, leading up to the violent conclusion: a reconstruction of the October 2, 1992, prison riot known as the Carandiru Massacre. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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Films transport, instruct and expand our experience. This one qualifies by taking you to a world you'd never see otherwise - the harsh world of a Brazilan prison. It's about a prison riot and massacre, but the film takes a wonderful approach, making every character real, believable and sympathetic. By the end, you can put yourself into their world, and there shoes. Nicely done.
A must see movie!
I was living in Brasil when it happened. To watch it uncensored just recalled the fear we all had from the violence and blood shed of that day. It was also excellent to see it from the perspective of the prisioners and the employees.