My first impression of the movie "Central Station was, "Oh no, some foreign subtitled film that won't make any sense.
Boy was I wrong on that account. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and found a lot of symbolism and comedy in it.
The first scene of the movie was a shocker to me. I never thought that Rio was like that, especially at a train station. The sheer volume of people would be so overwhelming to me if I were there. What also surprised me was the fact that everyone seemed to be so overwhelmed with the hardships of life that they could still find a single blossom of hope in a retired teacher, Dora, the scrivener. In a place full of hatred and despair, Dora could bring hope and life. She is like a desert rose in the way that she lives in a harsh environment but can still grow to bring the landscape some sense of beauty and life. However, like every rose she had her thorns. This becomes apparent when she writes a letter for a lady and her son, Josue.
The letter she was supposed to send to Josue's father she kept for reasons that I never really understood, maybe she didn't feel Josue's father, Jesus, deserved to know about his son because he was a