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|
Wow, this is one of those different movies - meaning not run-of-mill by any means - and one of those which isn't pleasant to watch but one you might find yourself mesmerized by it.
This also is one of those "based on a true story" films which makes it even more shocking, if its mostly true. The story is of the many young (pre and early-teen) criminals inhabiting an area just outside the big city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It has the feel of a documentary with real-life street kids but is upgraded considerably by fantastic camera-work, some very innovative cinematography. In other words: stylish.
Make no mistake: without that stylish look, the film might be too much of a downer. The street kids are interesting but really brutal, so be prepared. I mean, how often do you see 12-year-old killers portrayed on film? The violence, language and drug use are rough in here and what a sad comment on this social problem in Brazil, a country with a huge problem with these street gangs. Overall, a very tough but fascinating film.