City of God

City of God

DVD - 2014 | Portuguese
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See the world's most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro's City of God, where combat photographers and police rarely go. Based on the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and his only way out.

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Grant's comments: Violent, kinetic, stunning. Despite the unpleasant subject matter a beautiful film.

Michelle's comments: You lost me at "unpleasant subject matter." No thanks; sounds horrible.


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BridgettM
Jul 26, 2017

The first time I watched City of God, I was blown away by it. Having watched it again recently, years after that first viewing, I mainly felt saddened by all of the violence. It is incredibly violent, rivaling the number of killings I've seen in any film. Still, its stories are told creatively and very well. Also, the acting is excellent. As is my critique with many movies, I thought it should have been shorter. If you tend to like Quentin Tarantino's films and can handle subtitles or speak Portuguese, you will probably like this film. I have not read the adult fiction book of the same title on which it was based. City of God is rated R for strong brutal violence, sexuality, drug content and language.

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pchow2ca
Sep 11, 2016

I normally don't like violent movie., but this one really grip me. Very well made, it is a good reflection on our world of hatred, not just about the slum of Rio.

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 10, 2015

Very interesting view into violent growing up in Rio slums - so many children waving so many guns.

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__rick__
Nov 12, 2014

Fascinating story. What a contrast to the imagery of happy Rio slums, provided in a film like Black Orpheus. This extremely violent coming of age story is set in a near hopeless slum environment, including continual police corruption. Of course it is disturbing to watch images of pre-adolescent children doing hold-ups, running drugs, and murdering other children as a test prior to joining a drug gang. Many depictions of prostitution, sex, and all forms of violence, including a man beating his wife to death--perhaps the grimmest part of the film. Extreme swearing. Despite all that, the film flips between the serious, scenes of pathos, and the comedic, including a brilliant high-energy opening sequence with an escaped chicken.

Completely inappropriate for children. This is a movie where the R rating should be taken seriously .

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jaketaz777
Jul 10, 2014

Not recommended.Senseless murders by the children of the said false environment of which they live.Victims themselves of a sick society ruled by the god of this world of his minions...

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BertBailey
Aug 28, 2013

Original, gritty, truly astonishing. Violent.

LaEstrella Apr 17, 2013

this movie is phenom! so good i ordered the tv series off Ebay. This movie is 'the last episode' of the series.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 31, 2013

There is no question this is a well made film about life in the slum outside of Rio de Janeiro, and about children with guns being led toward a life in crime. The timing was the 60's and 70's, a time period when we heard about children being shot and killed by the Brazilian police. This is a film with much violence, shooting and killing. The cast of both young adult child actors did an excellent job. However, I find the frequent use of a hand-held camera and fast panning to be annoying.

lasertravis Mar 12, 2013

I am a sucker for a coming of age ganster tale. This is a pretty good foreign one. Slips between past and present. Gritty and realistic. Edgy and fun. Shot well. Violent.

ikonsneed Sep 11, 2012

Best gangster/hood film I ever seen. It makes Shottas look like an ametuer film!

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Oct 15, 2012

Anne Hataway's favorite movie

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 31, 2013

Violence: Plenty of shooting and killing, sometime by children. A couple of very brief moments of nudity too.

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