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City of Men (2007)
"Cidade dos Homens" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  31 August 2007 (Brazil)
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Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Silva ...
Darlan Cunha ...
Jonathan Haagensen ...
Rodrigo dos Santos ...
Heraldo
Camila Monteiro ...
Cris
Naima Silva ...
Camila
Eduardo 'BR' Piranha ...
Nefasto (as Eduardo BR)
Luciano Vidigal ...
Fiel
Pedro Henrique ...
Caju
Vítor Oliveira ...
Clayton
Vinícius Oliveira ...
Clayton
Rafaela Santos ...
Bela da Madrugadao
Fábio Lago ...
Ceara
Claudio Jaborandy ...
Complice de Heraldo
Babu Santana ...
Drug lord from Morro do Careca
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In the slum in Morro da Sinuca, a couple of days before turning eighteen year-old, Laranjinha tells his best friend and also orphan Acerola that he misses his unknown father. Acerola decides to help his needy friend to find his father and they discover that he is in prison convicted for killing a man during a robbery and near to be released on parole. Meanwhile, Acerola's wife and babysitter Cris is invited to work in São Paulo and she sees the chance to raise money to buy a house of her own; she tells Acerola that he must take care of their son Clayton alone for one year. When the owner of the hill and Laranjinha's cousin Madrugadão is betrayed by his right-hand Nefasto, he is expelled from the slum and Laranjinha and Acerola have also to leave the hill. While Madrugadão plots a plan to invade and recover the hill with the support of the gang of the drug lord from Morro do Careca, Acerola and Laranjinha unravel the past of their fathers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An unforgettable tale of friendship and survival in a city where the greatest challenge is growing up.

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$130,579 (USA) (29 February 2008)

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$307,076 (USA) (14 March 2008)
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Fatherhood and Friendship
5 May 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the slum in Morro da Sinuca, a couple of days before turning eighteen year-old, Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) tells his best friend and also orphan Acerola (Douglas Silva) that he misses his unknown father. Acerola decides to help his needy friend to find his father and they discover that he is in prison convicted for killing a man during a robbery and near to be released on parole. Meanwhile, Acerola's wife and babysitter Cris (Camila Monteiro) is invited to work in São Paulo and she sees the chance to raise money to buy a house of her own; she tells Acerola that he must take care of their son Clayton alone for one year. When the owner of the hill and Laranjinha's cousin Madrugadão (Jonathan Haagensen) is betrayed by his right-hand Nefasto (Eduardo BR), he is expelled from the slum and Laranjinha and Acerola have also to leave the hill. While Madrugadão plots a plan to invade and recover the hill with the support of the gang of the drug lord from Morro do Careca, Acerola and Laranjinha unravel the past of their fathers.

"Cidade dos Homens" follows the success of "Cidade de Deus" showing the life in one of the slums of Rio de Janeiro through the personal drama of the two lead teenagers, having as background the war between the rival gangs. The story is very realistic and the cast is amazingly natural in their performances, therefore the work of the writers and the director Paulo Morelli are awesome. The cinematography is also top-notch, with landscapes from the hill and well-choreographed and impressive action scenes in the slum. The producers certainly have an agreement with the real drug lords and owner of the hill to shoot this great movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Cidade dos Homens" ("City of the Men")


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