Monday, August 22, 2016

Pixote (1981)

Directed by Hector Babenco
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Set in the slums of Brazil, where minors are above the law until they reach the age of 18. Instead, they are sent to reform schools, overpopulated and understaffed, where they are treated as subhuman by the police, and each other. 10-year-old Pixote learns that crime not only pays but keeps you alive. Along with his pals on the inside, they escape the horrors of reform school, only to end up back on the streets as thieves. They eventually befriend a prostitute and rob her unsuspecting johns for money. It doesn't end well. Well-intentioned story succumbs to excessive sex and violence, and given the age of the characters involved frequently crosses the line of exploitation.

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