City of Men

My roommate grew up in Brazil.  From this, I have been exposed to many things I would most likely never have come into close contact with.  Acai, Guardana, soccer, the Brazilian flag, Portuguese, and the only two good Brazilian movies which have ever been made.  They are, of course, City Of God and The Man Who Copied.  I fell in love the first time I saw City Of God, now my favorite foreign film of all time.  The director has finally come out with a follow-up to that fantastic movie.

Starting this July 1st, now available on DVD from Miramax Films and O2 Filmes comes the follow-up to the Academy Award nominated story from producer Fernando Meirelles.  Back in the favelas once more, it’s the City Of Men.  Bring home this foreign film by a director who is destined to become the face of Brazil in the world of movies.  It is a treat you will not soon forget.

This movie is the story of Ace and Little Orange, two friends who are turning eighteen and living in a slum on a hill controlled by a young dictator who just happens to be Little Orange’s cousin.  Ace is married and has a child and Little Orange is falling in love.  Yet power struggles are constant in the favelas and bloodshed begins to spread.  Ace is on the hit list and Little Orange finally meets his father, so they both run away.  As the fighting increases greatly, a secret from the past tears apart Ace and Little Orange.  Can they put themselves back together and survive this gang war?

The special features included in this DVD are a widescreen format, English, French and Spanish subtitles which are necessary unless you just happen to speak Portuguese, and a behind the scenes featurette about Building A City Of Men.

I loved this movie.  It was not as good as City Of God, but I honestly believe that nothing else can ever top that film when it comes to Brazil.  The cinematography is stunning, the scenery will take your breath away.  It is a very real experience and a completely exhilarating one as well.  The story is great and it is shocking to think of lives lived this this.  It’s a shock the West could really use.

This City could not be a better place to call your home.

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Nathaniel Jonet

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