City of God (Cidade de Deus)

City of God (Cidade de Deus) 2002

Celebrated with international acclaim, this powerful true story of crime and redemption has won numerous awards including the American Film Institute's Audience Award and the Visions Award at the Toronto International Film Festival! The streets of the world's…
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Celebrated with international acclaim, this powerful true story of crime and redemption has won numerous awards including the American Film Institute's Audience Award and the Visions Award at the Toronto International Film Festival! The streets of the world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's "City of God", are a place where combat photographers fear to tread, police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. In the midst of the oppressive crime and violence, a frail and scared young boy will grow up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with a different eye: the eye of an artist.

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  • Fantastic Movie. One of my favourites

  • Very good

  • I found City of God a beautiful, dark film. Just one thing though: Woah- R18 for a reason! Lots of realistic bloody violence, drug use, swearing, and adult themes. It was well placed, however. Sometimes you expect it, and other times it catches you off guard. But it is the disturbing elements that also make the film. Not that watching such aggression is entertaining- but the story is based on the real situation of slum life in Brazil, of gangs, dealers vs police, people caught in the cross-fire, and THAT is showcased. In addition to the subject matter, the use of camera-action: hand held and panning scenes are really well used. The cinematography is stunning. The placement of narrator also works, and the humour used at times was slight, but very amusing. I also enjoyed how the colours of the film shifted from sixties to seventies, representing a change in perspective too - clever. I watched the Bonus disc - the features include a short doco on the life of a policeman, a dealer, and a citizen in Rio slums. That was eye-opening... in a OMG-I-didn't-know-it-was-so-bad kind of way. These sorts of stories need to be told. THIS is newsworthy... How can so many people live in poverty, and the police believe the only way to keep them "happy" is through repression? Woah. Anyway, City of God isn't for the feint-hearted, but it is beautiful, deep, insightful and newsworthy. 5 stars.

  • This is a disturbing tale of the endless cycle of poverty and violence in the slums of Rio. There is lots of shooting resulting in a high body count. The story cleverly interweaves the predicament of the slum's residents, however the central character is not all that engaging. Also the film-making style is too detached and matter-of-fact.

  • Superb

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