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Pixote [Import]

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Hector Babenco, who went on to direct the acclaimed Kiss of the Spiderwoman, made an international splash with this gritty portrait of juvenile poverty and street crime in Brazil. Pixote (Portuguese slang for "Peewee") is the name of a chubby-cheeked 10-year-old runaway played by real-life slum kid Fernando Ramos da Silva. He's a natural, creating a childlike and vulnerable character left emotionally hardened and morally adrift by his brutal experiences. In an overcrowded São Paulo "reform school," a cross between a prison and an army barracks, he learns the hard facts of survival as he watches gangs prey on weaker kids, and the cops and guards abuse, beat, and even murder their charges. Pixote escapes and turns to street crime in Rio with a small gang, but his dreams of big money and a good life are dashed as they play at crime in a violent kill-or-be-killed world. Equal parts exposé and social drama, Pixote dramatizes the plight of millions of children who live on the streets or get ground up in the system that breeds hardened criminals from juvenile delinquents. Like Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados, one of Babenco's inspirations, this occasionally melodramatic portrait of poverty is shocking and affecting, but no more so than da Silva's own life story. After completing the film he sank back into poverty and crime, and died on the streets. His life became the subject of the 1996 film Who Killed Pixote?, which showed that despite the outcry created by Pixote, Brazil has done little to alleviate these conditions. --Sean Axmaker

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5.0 out of 5 stars "PIXOTE" - Its still this way in Rio now! July 26 1999
Format:VHS Tape
After living, teaching and coaching in Brazil for some 5 years, remembering mainly "beautiful" things, I often pop in this video to remember the brutality and violence that can be found on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Tourists are often isolated from this violence, however, it is indeed real! This is a fantasitic film - and yes, The American "tourist" in the movie deserves his final fate .. Pixote does not!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Resumen Critico por Erik Nelson April 30 2001
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Esta pelicula fue hecho por Hector Babenco en el pais de Brasil. Lo hico con el proposito de mostrara al mundo las problemas que los ninos Brasilenos tienen en las ciudades grandes. La pelicula fue hecho en las ciudades de Rio de Janeiro y Sao Paulo. Se trata de la vida dura de los ninos que viven en las calles. Babenco uso verdaderos ninos de la calle para los actores en la pelicula. La pelicula emiepza con los ninos recogidos por la policia. Llevan los ninos y los meten en un reformatorio adonde se ponen peor en ves de mejor. Los ninos salen, incluyendo Pixote, que es el nombre del actor principal. Salen y viven en la calle robando y tambien empiezan a vender drogas. Varios amigos de Pixote se mueren por varios razones. Hasta Pixote mata a varios personas tambien. Al fin de la pelicula Pixote se sale solo porque se murieron o le abandonaron todos sus amigos. Nos deja con un imagen triste. El proposito de terminarlo haci es para que la gente del mundo se de cuenta de las problemas que existen para los ninos. Esta pelicula en mi opinion era mas o menos. Era un poco dificil de ver. Habia muchos imagenes feos. Creo que estas imagenes eran necesarios para mostrar las problemas que de verdad existen. Era una pelicula interesante.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No way out April 24 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Pixote is an excellent dramatic review of the children stuck in the poor social class of Brazil. Some scenes are very graphic but are important portrayals of what street dwelling kids in the Sau Paulo area experience. The use of ordinary teenagers to demonstrate this cruel situation is important for viewers to make an honest attempt to imagine this life. Many people are not aware of the awful conditions and the directors do an excellent job shining light on the pains of poor children. Upon the completion of this film, it is especially difficult to contemplate the extreme differences among social classes when considering the trajic ending of Fernando Ramos de Canby who played the role of Pixote. In the movie, Pixote has long given up hope of a stable life and joins the brotherhood of similar souls at the reformitory. He is crying for help however society has already given up and only chose to further punish these throw-away kids. There is no escaping to a happy ending but instead only fate itself will rule their distressing destiny. I truely recommend this film to anyone who is interested in experiencing a cinematic view of the violence, corruption, abuse, and poverty faced by the many unfortunate souls who participate in this lifestyle daily. Keep in mind the age of the viewer. Some scenes definitely are not for small children's eyes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Infective Dec 21 1999
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I saw this film in the theater as a first release movie and still remember its disturbing images to this day. While most movies show the innocent dream world we like to think children live in, Pixote slithers and crawls through a dark and surreal world unknown to most of us -- yet it is a world with recondite beauty because Pixote knows no other. We see things happen that would be totally unacceptable in the antiseptic world of civilization but our little protagonists does not seem to see his world as anything but normal. With the self-survival morals of any jungle animal, he goes about his day-to-day life. And this juxtaposing of morals leads to a little bit of an internal conflict with the viewer before the end of the movie. I highly recommend this film to anyone but would warn you that if the "Pollyanna" world of children is what you think exists and want to see, this film with keep you awake for quiet a few nights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of Cinema April 27 2000
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This film, in my opinions, embodies the expression "packing a punch." It is an unbelievable viewing experience. The film takes place in the slums of Brazil, where we are shown the poverty and crime which surrounds millions of Brazilian children. This over populated country provides a backdrop unlike any other you are likely to see. The story follows 11 year old Pixote ("pee wee") as he is brought into a youth correctional facility, his escape and ultimately his meeting with fate. The film is an inescapable tragedy which becomes even more disturbing when knowing that the actor who played Pixote died at such a young age and in such a violent way. This film serves as a testament to the unwanted price many children face, and how minute our day to day problems suddenly seem after watching such a work of uncompromised art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful insight!! May 18 2004
This is perhaps one of the most accurate depictions of life on the streets for millions of homeless, and parentless, children around the world. Vivid. Hard-hitting. Certainly not for the weak of stomach. Pixote tells the straight story of a young child's search for "familia", security and the realization of every child's dream for opportunity...... and of the sex, drugs, loneliness, violence and brutality that he finds instead in the streets. A great learning tool for students, social workers, law enforcement and those in the ministry: you will NEVER view street children the same after watching this. (...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendously powerful, disturbing look at the life of an abandoned...
A deeply disturbing and heartbreaking neo-realist film, about an abandoned, unwanted 10 year old living first in a reformatory, and then on Brazil's mean streets. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars too strong for words
Although I am a person who is usually never at a loss for words, all I can say right now is that you MUST see this film. Read more
Published on June 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent film
I would recommend this film to anyone who interested in the topic of street children. This film bodly represents the struggles of a young boy trying to find a place in a society... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004
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I thought that this movie was a real eye-opener! I didn't know that you could film child nudity/pornography. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by Bart
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-hitting!
Brutal and often shocking film about street children in Rio de Janeiro is brought to the screen without excuses or apologies by Hector Babenco. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2000 by Miko
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell is For Children -- No Future in the Slums of Brazil!
Pixote is a "throw-away-kid" living in the slums of Sao Paolo, Brazil, surviving by committing petty crimes, but later murdering without signs of any emotion. Read more
Published on July 30 2000 by Michael Mathena
5.0 out of 5 stars A shocking experience
This films is one of the saddest I've seen. The degree of brutality and human degradation is unbelievable. Read more
Published on July 2 2000 by Anna Shlimovich
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