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City of Men

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
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.
Written by Nigel Floyd

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 18 July 2008
  • Duration:106 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Paulo Morelli
  • Screenwriter:Elena Soárez
  • Cast:
    • Douglas Silva
    • Darlan Cunha
    • Rodrigo dos Santos
    • Jonathan Haagensen
    • Naima Silva
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