A look at the people who live precariously, but with an unusual level of resourcefulness and imagination, in four gigantic urban agglomerations: Mumbai, New York City, Moscow and Mexico City.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

5 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living.

Director: Michael Glawogger
Whores' Glory (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An examination of the lives, needs, troubles and hopes of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico.

Director: Michael Glawogger
Stars: Emma, Ning, Toh
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Three young pals plan to earn money by shooting an hardcore-porno movie. But is it really so easy to shoot some gang-banging with home-video equipment?

Director: Michael Glawogger
Stars: Raimund Wallisch, Michael Ostrowski, Pia Hierzegger
Untitled XII (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

"I want to give a view of the world that can only emerge by not pursuing any particular theme, by refraining from passing judgment, proceeding without aim. Drifting with no direction except... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi
Stars: Birgit Minichmayr, Fiona Shaw
Contact High (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An episodic comedy that follows the lives of four men living in Vienna.

Director: Michael Glawogger
Stars: Michael Ostrowski, Raimund Wallisch, Alexis Santiago Hernandez
Slumming (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two yuppies play mean tricks on one another until one joke has fatal consequences.

Director: Michael Glawogger
Stars: Paulus Manker, August Diehl, Michael Ostrowski
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Six directors tackle the question "If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?" by capturing iconic buildings with narration from the perspective of the buildings.

Directors: Karim Aïnouz, Michael Glawogger, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Meret Becker, Gennadi Vengerov, Benedicte C. Westin
Edit

Storyline

This documentary deals with work, poverty, violence, love and sex. A film about human beauty in twelve chapters which tells the tales of people from Bombay, Mexico City, Moscow and New York, who are all struggling for survival, with ingenuity, intelligence and dignity. They all share the dream of a better life. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

12 Geschichten vom Überleben

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

8 January 1999 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Megaloupoleis  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Edited into Life in Loops (A Megacities RMX) (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

El Amor de mi Vida
Written by Camilo Sesto
Performed by Camilo Sesto and Rafael Pérez Botija
Courtesy of Arabella Musikverlag GmbH (BMG UFA Musikverlage)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

groovy landfill bangra
17 October 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This movie documents the lives of the poor and social outcasts in four mega-cities of the world - Mumbai-India, Moscow-Russia, Mexico City-Mexic and New York-USA.

Some of the scenes makes your skin crawl, like the scene where scavengers are wading through an open sewer and the stripper being groped in a peep show club.

Some of the scenes were deeply personal and extremely disturbing.

But the movie had a very acid-wit ending when the credits rolled. In Bollywood movies, you have scenes where there are lots of good looking actors doing a Bangra dance in beautiful landscaped backgrounds. But here the, director got a nicely choreographed Bangra, except instead of a lovely landscaped garden in the background, we have a massive landfill, extending all the way to the horizon, and instead of nicely dressed good looking actors, there are the ordinary, poor, dirty workers and students who live their lives in this terrible place... yet they dance well :)


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page