Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003)
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as Lil' Ze
as Sandro Cenoura (Carrot)
as Bené (Benny)
as Lil' Dice
as Knockout Ned
as Young Stringy
as Young Benny
as Young Rocket
as Lucia Maracana
as Marina Cintra
as Shorty's wife
as Galinha's Girlfriend
as Tio Sam
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Critic Reviews for Cidade de Deus (City of God)
I came away from this film impressed by its narrative control but unmoved by anything it had to say.
City of God delivers a bruising, visceral experience of the vicious spiral of violence that draws kids into a life of crime, brutality and murder as the only avenue open to them.
The living conditions it projects are as horrendous as I had feared, but the movie is surprisingly easy to take as a rollicking homicidal entertainment.
Hard to watch but even harder to tear your eyes away from.
Audience Reviews for Cidade de Deus (City of God)
With an elaborate plot centered on a dozen characters (most of which are played by excellent amateur actors from slums), Meirelles creates a stylized and superbly-edited modern classic that throws us into a war between rival factions in a dangerous Brazilian favela.
If you don't like guns, this movie will be very painful for you. But a compelling glimpse into gang violence in Brazil in the 1970s.
A young boy grows up amid gang violence in Rio. More of a chronicle of disparate gangs than a cohesive plot, City of God is frenetic filmmaking at its finest. Quick camera pans, storylines that stop and start, and bloodletting violence fill this film with the type of energy that is reminiscent of Tarantino and Scorsese. Based on true stories, the film is more about environment than plot, and the feeling is both harrowing and shocking. There's no one central performance that strikes me as remarkable because all of the performances ring with authenticity. Overall, this is one of the finest portraits of gang violence produced outside of America.
Cidade de Deus (City of God) Quotes
|BuscapÃ© (Rocket):||It was like a message from God: Honesty doesn't pay, sucker.|
|BuscapÃ© (Rocket):||What should have been swift revenge turned into an all out war. The City of God was divided. You couldn't go from one section the other, not even to visit a relative. The cops considered anyone living in the slum a hoodlum. People got used to living in Vietnam, and more and more volunteers signed up to die.|
|BuscapÃ© (Rocket):||The sun is for everyone, the beach is for those who deserve it.|
|Buscapé (Rocket):||It was like a message from God: "Honesty doesn't pay, sucker."|
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