City of Men (15)

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Tue Jul 15 2008

A spin-off of, not a sequel to, Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles’s teen gangster movie ‘City of God’, which in the meantime spawned a TV series. The same restless camera prowls through the same crime-ridden, deprived Rio favelas, but there is a small-screen soap opera feel to this ‘coming of age’ tale about two almost-18-year-old boys, Ace and Wallace: the former is a father before his time, the latter is searching for the dad he never knew.

Friends since childhood, the pair become embroiled in the gang violence that surrounds them; but it is a father-son secret from their past that threatens to tear them apart. More emotionally involving than Meirelles’s flashy, overrated original, director Paul Morelli’s low-key companion piece maintains a constant simmer without ever coming to the boil.
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15

UK release:

Fri Jul 18, 2008

Duration:

106 mins

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Mike

I believe City of Men was made for a SouthAmerican audience, coming from a British point of view. Some scenes are hard to understand and the connection between characters doesn't seem real. (This may be due to the actors not being 'real' actors in terms of growing up to be one), however CIty of God showed that training these ex-shanty towners to be actors can make great actors. City of Men, for me, doesn't work, but i can see why Brazil love it and I look forward to seeing Fernado's next piece.

ANdreia Vizeu.

The film is an amazing tribute to the importanc of fatherhood and on the choice of these young men to raise the baby, I believe your critic missed that completely. The piece is beautiful, very artistically done and a true tribute to people living in underserved communities drug ruled communities not only in Brazil but in Mexico and in many other developing countries. I encourage my fellow time out readers to see this master piece. It takes Meirelles a step further, allowing young eople a way out.

ANdreia Vizeu.

The film is an amazing tribute to the importanc of fatherhood and on the choice of these young men to raise the baby, I believe your critic missed that completely. The piece is beautiful, very artistically done and a true tribute to people living in underserved communities drug ruled communities not only in Brazil but in Mexico and in many other developing countries. I encourage my fellow time out readers to see this master piece. It takes Meirelles a step further, allowing young eople a way out.