Pixote – A lei do mais fraco (1981)
The stuffy, didactic, and well-meaning intro is followed by an angry, sad, brutal – and increasingly depressive – account of lost innocence where a corrupt society repeatedly betrays its own impoverished children. Contains some of the usual gangster stuff we’ve all seen too many times before, but the crass depiction of degradation, homosexuality, and juvenile delinquency still feels believable.
Combines naive sentimentality with unflinching frankness. Maybe in my book of emotional numbness.