A docu story about men and multiple binds of entrapment in poverty stricken life roles, forever being caught within dreams of ascending the top of a dung heap and then looking downwards. Within the urban sprawl of Rio, a one-way ticket out of poverty is peddling dope. To ensure optimum selling, having a few guns given to the soldiers and then shooting the rivals is a key requisite.
The film focuses on men, in particular the emotional impact of absent fathers and the adolescent dreams of trying to cement Humpty back into family life. Trouble is Humpty shattered into a thousand pieces and to stick him back takes more than glue. The central theme is about redemption and friendship overcoming all the nihilism. The problems the film highlights are the deadly impacts of poverty, as the life span of a gangster is very short. In some cases they do not get beyond 15. Meanwhile those at the top of the pile are forever trapped in mind paranoia, where betrayal by a best friend is forever hovering.
A stunning film about inter gang conflict, shot in multiple time frames highlighting the strength and fragility of human relationships, minute decisions, their importance and how men who have just shed being boys, become embedded within a culture of violence as an expected norm, then it details how they all escape their collective pasts. The world turns into a rattle of bullets.
The dialogue is swift, the acting brutally real, the action all too human whilst twisted into knots that become gut wrenching.
Another stunning film about the poverty of human life to be filed with La Haine.