City of God (2003)
Directed by Fernando Meirelles. The movie City of God is based on a true story. Shot in Brazil. It starts out in the 60’s where in the slums of Rio de Janeiro with two boys growing up in a rough neighborhood and follows them as they take very different paths in life. This story is told through eyes of Buscape, a poor young fisherman’s son who dreams of becoming a photographer one day. His story emphasizes the violence and corruption embedded within the city and the rise and fall of one of the city’s most notorious boss’. Li’l Ze. As war wages on the streets of the slums and Buscape’s only way out of this violent life is to expose its brutality the world through his pictures. Along the way the lives of others are put into perspective as their stories intersect with the events that take place.
The way that this film is shot is incredible. It makes “The God Father” look like a nursery rhyme. This film starts out kind of tame as far as brutality goes, then it’s on full tilt scary and real life brutality by the end! It’s defiantly not for the faint of heart.
The fact they actually shot on location is pretty amazing. They employed local actors who actually grew up in those conditions and the actors conveyed that feeling across the screen to the audience. It looks sometimes like you are looking at a documentary, and then say to yourself ……naaaaa this cant be real! ….BUT it IS!
I highly recommend this movie to anyone that is an adult.