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City of Men(Cidade dos Homens)

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Brazil · 2007
Rated R · 1h 46m
Director Paulo Morelli
Starring Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo dos Santos
Genre Drama

In the favelas of Rio, Ace struggles to raise his son alone after the mother takes a job in Sao Paulo, while his childhood friend Wallace embarks on a search for his long-missing father. As the boys approach their 18th birthdays, they discover secrets about their fathers' pasts that will test their friendship.

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Paulo Morelli directs capably, with a heavy dash of MTV-generation flair: hyper-saturated colors, close-ups of skin glittering with sweat, and a constant patter of gunfire that undergirds the soundtrack like a steady heartbeat.


Seattle Post-Intelligencer by Bill White

Cunha and Silva, both featured in 2002's similarly themed "City of God," have been playing these roles since they were 13, and the rapport between them is electrifying. Much of the sweetness of the film comes from what they bring to their roles.


Variety by Derek Elley

Despite its sudsy storyline, this second tour through the punk-infested Rio slums could attract more mature arthouse auds, drawn by character rather than the minutiae of guns 'n' drugs, though it's unlikely to match "God's" muscular $7.5 million U.S. take.


Charlotte Observer by Lawrence Toppman

The three leads all played these characters over multiple seasons on the TV show; they're comfortable in these skins, and they show that. (Confusingly, all three appeared in "City of God" under other characters' names.)

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