It is a very simple yet very touching movie. It will definitely touch that soft spot in your heart. I am proud to have a Central Station DVD on my collection. This is definitely one of the best and very much recommended film.
From this movie one would be able to see a cross section of the life in Brazil. Their passionate religous faith,their helplessness, their economy, their outlook, various towns and everything...
Often one's fate is predestinated and hinged upon the change of a thought of somebody else no matter he/she is related to to you or not. Here the boy's fate turned at least twice. First he dropped the toy on the roadway which his mother decided to and subsequently bought to him causing her a fatal traffic accident. And then it turned upon the retired teacher who sold him and later changed her mind and decided to rescue him from the kids-monger and brought him back to his father who had earlier abandoned him living with another woman and died before meeting this boy...
But this is not exactly a tragedy. There was the meldramatic episode of the retired teacher with the truck driver. Even the relation between this retired teacher and the boy are so full of humantiy and tenderness.