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City Of Men 2004

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Fernando Mireilles ('City of God') directs this gritty TV series set in Dona Marta, one of Rio de Janeiro's many sprawling 'favelas' (slums). Featuring a cast of local actors and filmed in a rudimentary style using a Super 16 camera, the series follows the street lives of two teenage boys, Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) and Acerola (Douglas Silva). The series broke Brazilian television protocol by showing the reality of favela life, rather than the usual fare of air-brushed soap operas.

Starring:
Douglas Silva, Naima Silva
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Discs
  • City Of Men - Disc 1 - Series 1 ages_18_and_over
  • City Of Men - Disc 2 - Series 2 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 30 minutes
Starring Douglas Silva, Naima Silva, Darlan Cunha, Camila Monteiro, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo dos Santos
Director Paolo Lins, Meirelles, Lund, Paulo Morelli
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 27 September 2004
Main languages Portuguese
Subtitles English

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City of Men is a TV spin-off from the film City of God, but it is not a diluted derivative. City of Men tones down the violence and uses it as a backdrop for some universal themes of adolescence: status, identity, friendship and, of course, sex. It successfully blends these familiar themes with ones of poverty, racism and corruption to create a vivid picture of life in the favella with which we can all identify, even if conditions there are far from our own.
Each episode is a self contained story, a densely packed small film, centred around the life of two teenage boys. Some of the episodes are more edgy than others and as the series progresses it seems to soften. But even in the episode 'It Has to be Now', which is principally about teenage love-sickness and frustrated desire, there is a pervasive backdrop of social exclusion, poverty and impending violence. The final episode, 'Hot Spot', hardens right back and is, for TV, violent.
The performances are said to be mostly improvised and are utterly convincing. There is a lot of wit throughout the series, always understated, and the humour is all the more effective because of its tragic context. There are occasional scenes of kindness which stand out like an 'Amelie' in a war zone. Visually it's a treat: conventional film gives way to video and Super-8, and there's a lot of hand-held camera, sophisticated colour grading and even animation.
I cannot say whether I prefer the TV series to the film, they are too different. City of Men has to be judged as TV and as such, it's one the best things I've seen. I would like to see more, but it may be that if the series is continued it will become a formula. Perhaps the seven episodes we have are enough. They are a gem.
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Sorry if this is a terrible short review, this is a bad release as it doesn't contain all four series. If you want the complete TV Series then get the 3 Disc American release from Palm Pictures/Umd as that has all four series where as this is only the first 2.
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With 'City of God' being one of my favourite films, it thought it was only right that i gave this dvd a chance.

I was luckily enough to catch a couple of episodes on BBC4, but never really got the full experience.

City of men, as you know by now, is a spin off of the film City of God. Like the film, it keeps its cinematography and style at a constant excellent level.

Most people will notice a lot of Actors from City of God being used again in different roles, and i had a lot of fun seeing who i could spot.

In this dvd you get the two series of City of men, the first being set around 'Arecola' (City of God's Lil'Dice) and 'Laranjinha'(City of God's steak and chips) younger years, the second series set around their teens.

The contrast is brilliant, as the the first season our boys are young and naive, but have the streets smarts they need. The second series, the boys are older and have intrests in girls and become ignorant to laws of the Favalas.

For me the best series is the first, but the second comes close. Either way this dvd is recommended for anyone who loved City of God.
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5 Stars is not enough, if you liked City of God you will love this DVD. The stories are great and with keep you hooked, lots of humour, and amazing acting. A must own item.
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irst things first, this series is not a continuation of the story of the film City Of God, but covers similiar themes. Many of the actors are in both (Douglas Silva, for example played Ze Pequeno in the film, and plays Acerola, one of the two protagonists in the series). No matter what anyone says, the series will always be compared to film.
But I feel that the series explores the favela culture in far more depth than the film. One particularly good episode is 'Uólace and João Victor', where Laranjinha's troubles living in the favela are compared to those of a middle class 'playboy' Joao Victor. The episode explores their problems with girls, crime, friends, parents, food, school, race etc. and ultimately concludes that their adolescent lives really aren't all that different, even though their surroundings are. There is a really nice scene at the end of the episode when one is walking the streets, and the other is looking out the window. They look at each other and both think "That boy looks so lonely".
Many of the episodes take place out of the favela, bringing a whole aspect to the culture. How are black/favela kids perceived by the rest of society? What is school like for them? Is it even possible for them get a decent education? Are they all thieves and bandits, or just hungry and desperate? Say one wants to leave the favela drug business, is it possible for them to leave and get a 'normal' job?
Although inevitably glamourised somewhat, the series is a great look into Rio life, shot beautifully with many interesting techniques used - montage, voice-over, animation, pans, subjective camerawork are all used to recreate the lifestyle.
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City of Gods is one of my all-time favourite films, so I had to buy the TV series - City of Men. I wasn't expecting the change of personalities and names of the characters, but I can now only see 'Lil Dice' and 'Steak and Fries' from City of God in their City of Men roles of 'Acerola' and 'Laranjinha'. The story lines are brilliant, unexpected and humorous. I love the the way that the boys act in the film: it is so real.
I have watched nearly all of the two series, but I am savouring the last two as i don't want it to end. I hope there will be another series, as I will greatly miss seeing brazil, Acerola and Laranjinha and their adventures, as well as hearing their beautiful language.
A MUST BUY!!!!
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