City of God depicts the raw violence in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro. In the 1970’s that kids are carrying guns and joining gangs when they should be playing hide-and-seek.
|Original Title||:||Cidade de Deus|
|Release Date||:||February 5, 2002|
|Production Company||:||O2 Filmes, VideoFilmes, Wild Bunch, Globo filmes, Lumiere, Hank Levine Film, Lereby Productions|
|Production Countries||:||Brazil, France|
|Director||:||Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund|
|Writers||:||Paulo Lins, Bráulio Mantovani, Paulo Lins|
|Casts||:||Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Jonathan Haagensen, Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Jefechander Suplino, Alice Braga, Roberta Rodrigues, Luis Otávio, Darlan Cunha, Thiago Martins, Gero Camilo, Daniel Zettel, Charles Paraventi, Danielle Ornelas, Micael Borges, Lúcio Andrey, Marcello Melo Jr., Babú Santana, Mary Sheila, Paulo Lins, Olivia Araújo, Graziella Moretto, Tulé Peak|
|Plot Keywords||:||male nudity, street gang, brazilian, photographer, 1970s, puberty, ghetto, gang war, coming of age, woman director, 1980s|
I have made an effort to watch all the movies in IMDb's top 100 rated list. As of now, I'm looking for a place where the DVD for Sunset Blvd. is (currently at #30). But this movie is one of the movies I've seen that's on the list. And I find it an amazing film (currently #5 on my top 10 list). What I enjoy about this film is the visual look of the film, but also the way the director puts you in the story. At the end of the film you have become friends with just about everyone in the film, even though some of the characters are very despicable people. The violence hits you in the chest like a load of bricks sometimes, especially when you recognize that many of the kids involved in the violence are right around 10 or 11, but you also realize that this reflects the culture of the slum these kids live in.
Gangster films always seem to make for good dramas (e.g. the Godfather, Goodfellas), where the culture of evil almost always triumphs as the dominant character. This film is no different, but it shows the life of children in places where bribery and corruption reigns supreme. It also shows the bravery of many of these people when even the government won't stick up for them.
If you're thinking of starting to watch some foreign language films, this is a good place to start. It is a classic IMO among films made in languages besides English. I did find that the subtitles in this film were done rather poorly (they displayed on my DVD player at the wrong times and it took a few plays to figure out who was saying what.) But I think the film itself is a truly great film.