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Brazil, Portugeuse, 128 mins

Original Title

Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco
  • Director: Hector Babenco
  • Writer: José Louzeiro; Hector Babenco
  • Producer: Paulo Francini; Sylvia B. Naves

CGiii Comment

How vicious life is...and, it simply goes on...kids who have absolutely nothing...but rape and abuse...

This is cruelty...and, staggering inhumanity.

Are we not human? Babenco asks...not according to this.

Our failures, as a society, as parents...to have the children as the victims and their need and/or intuition to survive. This is horrifyingly basic.

Where friendship is the only thing they have - that matters.

An indictment on us all, now, and later.

Powerful & harsh.

Important. Difficult. Disturbing. Brilliant.


The(ir) Blurb...

Pixote, a 10-year-old runaway boy, is arrested on the streets of Sao Paulo during a police round-up homeless people. Pixote endures torture, degradation and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of the runaways are murdered by policemen who frame Lilica, a 17-year-old transvesite hustler. Pixote helps Lilica and three other boys escape where they make their living by the life of crime which only escalates to more violence and death.

Cast & Characters

Fernando Ramos da Silva as Pixote;
Jorge Juliao as Lilica;
Gilberto Moura as Dito;
Edilson Lino as Chico;
Zenildo Oliveira Santos as Fumaca;
Claudio Bernardo as Garatao;
Israel Feres David as Roberto Pie de Plata;
Jose Nilson Martin Dos Santos as Diego;
Marília Pêra as Sueli;
Jardel Filho as Sapatos Brancos;
Rubens de Falco as Juiz;
Elke Maravilha as Debora;
Tony Tornado as Cristal;
Beatriz Segall as Widower

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