Movie suggestion: Cidade dos Homens

We went to the premiere of Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) the other day. Having seen all the episodes of the TV series with the same name, it was no question that I would see the movie.

For those of you who doesn't know anything about the TV series or the movie, it is about two boys, Acerola and Laranjinha, who grow up in a (fictitious) favela in Rio de Janeiro. Through the TV series you get to follow them from the early teens to their 18th birthday (in the movie), and how they try to stay out of trouble. The subjects ranges from things at school, girls, making a living to staying alive (and away from the drug dealers).


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The movie manages to combine humor and serious issues in a perfect blend, to make you feel for the main characters. It also shows the ugly side of Rio, with gang wars between the different favelas, where innocent people can get killed just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

You really should see it in a movie theatre, as the film is beautifully shot with stunning views of Rio from the top of the favelas, which will be lost if you see it on a TV.


© O2 Filmes

Once the movie is released (in your country) I highly recommend you to watch it. I'll see it once more with subtitles, as my portuguese isn't good enough to catch all nuances, and they use a lot of favela slang which I'm not used to.

Cidade dos Homens will leave you with a sad feeling but not with despair, and watching it will help to illuminate the problem.

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