Reviews Film


BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1082
  1. Waqar Rashid, research registrar in neurology (
  1. University College London

    Directed by Hector Babenco

    At selected UK cinemas

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    In a way, Carandiru, the latest film from Brazilian director Hector Babenco—who made the hit 1985 film Kiss of the Spider Woman—offers a medical perspective of a horrific event. It is based on actual events at a massively overcrowded detention centre in Brazil in 1992, when police stormed the building following a riot and 111 inmates were killed. It is told through the eyes of the prison's doctor (played by Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) as a neutral authority figure.

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    Doctor as witness: Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos in Carandiru

    Credit: SONY …

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