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Celebrated with worldwide acclaim, this powerful true story of crime and redemption has won numerous prestigious awards around the globe! 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. In the face of impossible odds, his brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out!
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The lives of two boys are featured here, both from the same favela, both with many of the same friends. They live in the slums were drugs, murder and police raids are daily events. Even young children are swept into the violence. It's how the 'hood survives. Can making different choices in life really end with such drastic differences?
I thought at times the movie dragged too long, especially in the second half when it was more of the same heartless gundowns. The last 15 minutes, however, offer a bittersweet rap up of the two lives and the different paths that were chosen. It's beautifullly directed and well acted.
The one note of unreality actually undermines it substantially. The main villain's best friend seems to be a really good guy. How could such a Really Good guy be friends with such a completely amoral monster? Either he wasn't really such a good guy, or the monster wasn't really such a monster. Since the movie is meant to depict events that really took place, this moral exaggeration makes it hard to believe any of it.
Such a well made movie!
But so sad...Having lived in Brazil, I have seen the favelas and the crimes...
However, things have gotten better. I hope now with the corruption probe things will get even better.
God bless Brazil~
Years ago another film Pixote explored the similar circumstances of Brazilian street kids and the characters were more sympathetic and fully realized than the characters in City Of God. Ultimately City Of God is worth viewing to peer into a subculture of violence and criminality fostered in an environment of dire poverty but it will leave you depressed since it offers no sense of hope or solution.
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