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BTDesign Award
City Of God (2003)

Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Matheus Nachtergaele, Seu Jorge, Gera Camilo, Renato de Souza, Karina Falcao, Graziela Moretto, Roberta Rodriguez Silvia

Director(s): Fernando Meirelles

Language: English

Genre: Social Drama


Youth gangs took over the slums of Rio de Janiero during the 1960s and didn't relinquish their stronghold until the mid-1980s. Only a sucker wouldn't have turned to crime and this is exactly how naive teen Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) views himself. His attempts in illegal activity fail as he finds potential victims too friendly. Equally unsuccessful in love, he regularly fails to lose his virginity. Blood spills throughout the streets of the Ciudad de Deus as gang leader Li'l Ze (Leandro Firmin... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on July 30, 2007, 1:52 am
Saw this a few years back. Relentlessly harsh and brutal film about the underground Rio ghettos from the 60's to the 80's, and one boy's decision to try to be a fly-on-the-wall during that time. The portrayed violence is stunning and uncompromising, and the boy's story is very involving and even sweet at times. The gangs (most having plenty of children and pre-teens in them) try to portray themselves as glamourous and that crime does pay, but sadly leads to violence begetting more violence. An intense watch at times, but well worth it.
The character below is Lil' Ze.
"This shit's pretty fucked up right here!" - Cartman
Jefferygn wrote on July 30, 2007, 7:51 am
Yes sir!

Terrific film.

MasterWoodsman wrote on August 3, 2007, 1:00 am
Let's see....

Hopeless and depressing..... check
Human anguish on a large scale..... check
A movie most people would cringe at watching..... check
Mitch and Jeff applying 4 star stamps with boners in their pants.... check!
Deril wrote on January 18, 2010, 11:35 pm
Well get ready to stamp MY boner because this movie is fantastic. Wow!
I hadn't heard anything about this movie. One of my friends suggested watching. Powerful, powerful stuff (story & visuals). Direction was incredible.

If you have the chance, watch it.

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