Walter Salles' 1998 film Centro do Brasil (Central Station) is a compelling religious allegory of God's children, forsaken in a strange land, seeking the faith needed to wait for the Savior's return. Although the film was not widely viewed as religious, Central Station invites a theological reading as the story of human beings struggling to maintain a relationship to an absent God. The film depicts a world in which the characters must stake their lives on Jesus' return, a world in which his expected, imminent presence dominates and defines reality. In his absence, the eschatological hope of Christ fills the void of human sojourning, thereby (paradoxically) creating a powerful representation of Christ.
"Faith and the Absent Savior in Central Station,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 5
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol5/iss1/1