Hector Babenco’s “Carandiru” tells the real story of the Carandiru Penitentiary in São Paulo, the biggest jail in Brazil; the movie is centered on the arrival of a young doctor in charge of AIDS prevention into the prison. Told over 2 hours and half, this true story is quite shocking as you can imagine and it is very credible, for the majority of the time there is more the feeling to watch a documentary instead of a movie, the characters are well developed and with a clever use of flashback we are allowed to see also how they ended up in there. Recommended for everyone who likes jail movies but also to everyone who’s interested in knowing the truth behind real facts. Not an easy film due its length and its subject but overall very well directed and acted, a document more than a movie that has not real flaws in its realistic content. The real Carandiru prison was finally demolished in 2002 and this film it’s the last thing that has been done into the jail before the demolition.

Vote: 6/10