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City of God (18-May-2002)

Original Title: Cidade de Deus

Directors: Katia Lund; Fernando Meirelles

Writer: BrŠulio Mantovani

From novel: Cidade de Deus by Paulo Lins

Keywords: Crime, Brazil

Two young men from a violent Rio de Janeiro neighborhood chart diverging courses in life in a character study spanning several decades.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the self-proclaimed "City of God" overwhelmed by rampant crime, drug abuse, and poverty, serves as the tumultuous setting for City of God, a coming-of-age crime drama following Rocket, an aspiring photographer, and his morally-challenged friend as they do their best to manage through life in a city dominated by notorious crime boss Li'l Ze.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alice Braga
15-Apr-1983   City of God
Matheus Nachtergaele
3-Jan-1969   City of God


Review by anonymous (posted on 17-Jun-2006)

City of God is a movie about life in a Rio de Janeiro, Brazil slum during the 1960s and 1970s. The narrator of this harrowing tale is a young man by the name of Rocket who carefully watches and chronicles what happens in his neighborhood. Violence, drugs, police corruption, robbery, and many other things are common in the slum, and the movie shows this by skipping around and showing you mini-tales of these common happenings. Tension builds up between the two main drug-dealers in the neighborhood,causing all-out chaos. Young Rocket, an aspiring photographer, captures the struggle to survive in the "Cidade de Deus", as it is in Portuguese, exposing the horrific violence that the police and the government had long forgetten about because they felt these poor people did not matter. In fact, a policeman in the movie simply said, "Let them kill each other." Rated R and based on a true story, I recommend City of God because it offers a unique perspective of life for people living in a different country under different circumstances.

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