What’s on TV Monday: ‘Broken Places’ and ‘Pixote’

What’s on TV Monday: ‘Broken Places’ and ‘Pixote’

BROKEN PLACES 10 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) This documentary from the writer-director Roger Weisberg looks back over his decades of work about at-risk children, weaving in the voices of researchers like Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Dr. W. Thomas Boyce. Both pediatricians, Harris and Boyce have been recognized for their work with children whose development is affected by adversity. Through a series of interviews, these experts present hypotheses about why some people may be better equipped to overcome the challenges presented by their upbringings than others. Bobby Gross, 35, is one of the subjects who had been filmed when he was young, at age 5, in this effort to track people confronting adversity.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: TREASURE FEVER 8 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) This longstanding collectors’ classic will air a timely segment, “Treasure Fever,” continuing the tradition of appraising historical items with auction house experts. This time, the focus is on the history of medicine. The antiques include a doctor’s bag from the Lakota Sioux and the sword of a Civil War medical officer.

PIXOTE (1981) Stream on Criterion. The Portuguese word “pixote” roughly translates as “peewee” or “small child” — but the title character of this movie has a persona that is anything but. Though Pixote is a child, the streets of São Paulo — as well as its bars, brothels and juvenile detention centers — have left Pixote looking “about 60 years old,” Vincent Canby wrote in his review for The New York Times. The movie follows its protagonist who, after breaking out of detention, must survive in the city with the help of his new friends — and includes resorting to stealing and killing. “Pixote” is the third film by the director Hector Babenco, who “looks at his juvenile vagrants at eye level, in closeup,” Canby added, “as if he were one of them, making no judgments on their behavior, seeing no further into the future than they do.”

INDIA SONG (1975) Stream on Mubi. A comment from the director Marguerite Duras on ennui, or “leprosy of the soul,” “India Song” is a meticulously arranged film about an unsatisfied woman who has come to an unfortunate end. Most of the movie takes place in the French Embassy in Calcutta, where the French ambassador lives with his wife, Anne-Marie (Delphine Seyrig). Anne-Marie is pictured in a red evening dress surrounded by her lovers and suitors — whom she has grown tired of — in a drawing room cut off from the rest of India. In what is perhaps a stylistic representation of Anne-Marie’s condition, the film’s dialogue is disembodied from its images, Canby wrote in his review for The Times, adding that “the movie looks and sounds like something shot underwater.”

DEADWATER FELL Stream on Acorn TV. The actors David Tennant and Cush Jumbo star in this British mystery drama making its North American debut. After the suspicious killings of some members of a Scottish family, everything the characters know about each other is questioned.


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