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City of God [Apr. 4th, 2004|08:38 pm]
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[Current Mood |enthralledenthralled]
[Current Music |Kate & Leopold]

I was planning on seeing City of God later in the week, after work one day, but I unexpectedly found myself at home at 4:30 with nothing to do, so I hastened to the Somerville Theatre for the 4:40 showing. I'll admit freely that I was not at all eager to see this; I'd been seeing previews for it since January 2003 in London and it just seemed like the sort of South American drug gangwar shoot 'em up that I don't really care for.

I was wrong.

It's an enthralling story of two factions in a slum area of Rio de Janeiro called the "City of God." It starts in the 60's and continues into the 70's and is told by "Rocket," an aspiring journalistic photographer who sees all but manages to avoid being entangled in the world of drugs, guns and shifting allegiances he inhabits.

It's something of a cross between the Mexican parts of Traffic and Gangs of New York. It's filled with interesting, well-explored characters and reasons for why things happen. Good vs. evil, the success of the righteous and the downfall of the wrongdoer, vengeance, love, respect and honour...this film has it all.

And it isn't fiction. This all really happened.

That's the most stunning realisation at all.

It's April 4th; I've seen three movies this month already. Not too shabby. And of the eight films nominated for major awards that I hadn't seen by Oscar night, the only one I have left to see is House of Sand and Fog...which is now out on DVD (if I rented movies, which I don't)...again, not too shabby.
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[User Picture]From: gev
2004-04-05 05:07 am (UTC)

yow.

When I read _Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria De Jesus_
in high school, I never imagined it as a movie.
Not that this movie is remotely like the book, aside from the favela setting.
Now I want to re-read the book... maybe after seeing this movie.
Man, what a depressing, yet eye-opening book.
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