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Aro Recommended City of God

 

aka: Cidade de Deus
Brazil 2002, 124 minutes
Dir. Fernando Mierelles
In Portuguese with English subtitles
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Suspense, Drama / Gangsters

Topics: Period 1960s, Period 1970s, Drugs.

 

Aroview: An incendiary Brazilian drama depicting two decades of blood-drenched rivalry between two youth gangs who control a slum area of Rio De Janiero, this celebrated international hit has also provoked outrage for its casual violence and drug-use among minors.

With a flashy, heightened sense of style slightly removing it from the ‘authentic’ street vibe being presented, this perhaps lacks an emotional core or wider political context that might have secured fullest impact, but it packs firepower as a piece of cinematic bravado - bristling with precocious energy, exotic wonderstuff and committed acting from a cast of largely non-professionals.

NZ International Film Festival 2003
Adopt-a-Movie Kindly Adopted by Thomas Huthwaite

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1
 

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