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Director:
Writers:
Elena Soarez (screenplay) and
Paulo Morelli (story)
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Release Date:
31 August 2007 (Brazil) See more »
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An unforgettable tale of friendship and survival in a city where the greatest challenge is growing up.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Douglas Silva ... Acerola
Darlan Cunha ... Laranjinha
Jonathan Haagensen ... Madrugadão
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
Maria Francisca ... Elvira
Sônia Lino ... Esmeralda
Michel Gomes ... Fininho
Barbara Borgga ... Funciandria Presidio
Alran Pinheiro ... Funciandrio Cartorlo
Vinicius Messias ... Garçon 1
Erik Burdon ... Garçon 2
Alex Borges ... Garçon 3
Mário Hermeto ... Garçon 4
Robson Luiz ... Garoto Novo
Cláudio Cinti ... Golano Acougueiro
Bronca ... Guarda do Patronato (as Bronca - Murilo Macedo)
José Mario Farias ... Helinho
Brenno Neves ... Madrugadao Crianca
Alexandro Brito ... Moleque da Farmacia
Maurício Gonçalves ... Nestor
Robson Santos ... Olheiro Morro do Careca
Thogun ... Pal de Acerola
Andrea Bacellar ... Patroa Cris
Luisao Seixas ... Pedreira
Charles Torres ... Pregador
Flavio Borja ... Policial 1 - Juarez
Marcello Barcellos ... Policial 2
Luca De Castro ... Sindico do Condominio
Aldene Abreu ... Soldado 1 Bete
Isaac Borges ... Soldado 2 - Doldinho
Márcio Costa ... Soldado 3 - Polito
Robson Rocha ... Soldado 4 - Bulu
Dimas ... Soldado Morro do Careca 1 (as Dimas - Fagner Santos)
Jersiano Vieira ... Soldado Morro do Careca 2
Kamilla Rodrigues ... Tina
Michelle Cardoso ... Valéria
Carolina Bezerra ... Vendedora Lojo
Eber Inacio ... Zézé - Farmaceutico
Jonathan Azevedo ... Soldado de Madrugadao 1
Gabriel Aguiar ... Soldado do Madrugadao 2
Avandro Ricardo ... Soldado do Madrugadao 3
Bino Silva ... Soldado do Madrugadao 4
Arthur Viana ... Soldado do Madrugadao 5
André Carvalho ... Soldado do Madrugadao 6
Edy Argolo ... Soldado do Madrugadao 7
Arthur Bispo Coutinho ... Vapor Madrugadao 2 (as Arthur Bispo)
Jonathan Gomes ... Vapor Madrugadao 4
Black ... Soldado Nefasto 1
Victor Fernando ... Soldado Nefasto 2
Luiz Tomaz ... Soldado Nefasto 3
Biro ... Soldado Nefasto 4
Allan Pacheco ... Soldado Nefasto 5
Tiago Souza ... Soldado Nefasto 6
Pagodinho ... Soldado Nefasto 7
Wilton Campos ... Soldado Nefasto 8
André Santos ... Soldado Nefasto 9
Alex Basilio ... Soldado do Careca 1
Everton Tonzao ... Soldado do Careca 2
Negao ... Soldado do Careca 3
Zoi ... Soldado do Careca 4
Bebezao ... Soldado do Careca 5
Nandao ... Soldado do Careca 6
Bei ... Soldado do Careca 7
Joao Paulo ... Soldado do Careca 8

Directed by
Paulo Morelli 
 
Writing credits
Elena Soarez (screenplay)

Paulo Morelli  story
Elena Soarez  story

Produced by
Guel Arraes .... associate producer
Andrea Barata Ribeiro .... producer
Bel Berlinck .... producer
Fernando Meirelles .... producer
Paulo Morelli .... producer
Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Antonio Pinto 
 
Cinematography by
Adriano Goldman 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Rezende 
 
Production Design by
Rafael Ronconi 
 
Art Direction by
Rafael Ronconi 
 
Costume Design by
Ines Salgado 
Inês Salgado 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonardo Carvalho .... third assistant director
Alice Gomez .... third assistant director
Isabella Teixeira .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Luis Bourscheidt .... foley assistant
João Caserta .... assistant dialogue editor
Lulu Farah .... adr recordist
Roger Hands .... foley artist
Juliana Lago .... assistant sound editor
Alessandro Laroca .... supervising sound editor
Eduardo Virmond Lima .... sound effects editor
Fernando Lobo .... foley mixer
Antonio Mac-Dowell .... foley editor
Frederico Massine .... sound assistant
Paulo Ricardo Nunes .... sound recordist
Débora Opolski .... dialogue editor
Lucas Cesario Pereira .... assistant dialogue editor
Paulo Henrique Servello .... digital mastering
Armando Torres Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Vampiro .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Luis Ignacio Barrague .... conforming editor
Fabian Gamarra .... data manager
Gustavo Leão .... video graphics
Rogério Marinho .... visual effects
Aruan Santos .... digital visual effects compositor
Robson Sartori .... visual effects coordinator
Marcelo Siqueira .... visual effects supervisor
Karina Vanes .... post production coordinator
Daniel Vasconcellos .... 3D artist
Andre Waller .... digital compositor
Andre Waller .... visual effects supervisor
Ariel Wollinger .... film recording supervisor
Mariana Zdravca .... post-production coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joel 'Junior' de Queiroz .... electrician
Célio Souza .... video engineer
 
Editorial Department
Sean Cooney .... post-production executive
Fábio Fatorelli .... assistant editor
Rafael Yamin .... colorist telecine: Scan 2k
 
Music Department
Thacio Palanca .... music production assistant
Fil Pinheiro .... music programmer
 
Other crew
Claudia Büschel .... production coordinator
Raphael Cavaco .... assistant set manager
Paulão Costa .... set manager
Christian Duurvoort .... acting coach
Ariadne Mazzetti .... commercial attendant
 
Thanks
Paulo De Tarso Akamine .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Cidade dos Homens" - Brazil (original title)
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106 min
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Crew or equipment visible: When Camila is showing Wallace her hair and telling him where Ace is, a leg of the tripod holding the close up camera is visible on the right side in the wide shot of them.See more »
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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Fathers and sons, 10 March 2008
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

This sepia-sunbleached feature derives from, and features the same main characters as, the eponymous 2002-2005 Brazilian TV series about (mostly) boys in the "favela" hill ghettos above Rio for which Morelli did some of the writing and directing. The series, starring Darlan Cunha as Laranjinha (Wallace) and Douglas Silva as Acerola (Ace) --growing up from year to year and episode to episode--sort of grew out of the Fernando Meirelles/Kátia Lund film, 'City of God,' which in turn was based on Paulo Lins' tumultuous and partly autobiographical novel about three decades in the slums and the involvement of youth as dealers, assassins, and victims. Actually the Ace/Wallace characters as young teenagers, always played by Silva and Cunha, predate 'City of God' by two years; they appeared in a short film called 'Palace II' in 2000. The history of these films and stories is as intricate as the world they depict. Douglas Silva was the prepubescent tough in 'City of God' known by he moniker Dadinho--Lil' Dice.

'City of Men' is warmer and more intimate than the original film. 'City of God' has been both admired for its virtuosity--it's full of tours de force of visual violence and equally brilliant feats of rapid storytelling--and condemned as reveling too much in blood and gore, making teenage killers who terrorize neighborhoods into little glamor boys. That's quite true. It's unfortunately also true that in the ghettos of Rio as of other places such as the USA, young gun-toting drug dealers are the sexy local pop stars. Maybe the earlier film fails to take a sufficiently clear moral stand, or too much reflects the viewpoints of the young favela males it depicts. Nonetheless it's exhilarating film-making. Paradoxically, it also has a more positive arc than 'City of Men,' because its hero works his way out of the slums and into mainstream Rio de Janeiro to become a photojournalist. In 'City of Men,' nothing like that happens. Instead, there is a difficult reconciliation between the two boys, on the brink of eighteen, despite a stunning revelation about their lost fathers, and one of the fathers comes back into the picture and, reluctantly at first, chooses to be a warm presence in the life of his son. Both of the boys endure moments of terrible loneliness and isolation, which reveal how isolating the world of shifting and dangerous loyalties and hills fought for and lost is for a boy who in the first place lacks parents. But the focus is on the reconciliations.

In the TV series, the boys are in school. They face difficulties even showing up, and only one of them, Ace (Silva) really hits the books (he's also fascinated by guns of all kinds). Laranjinha is closer to turning into a young hood.

Thugh the new movie 'City of Men' is less specific than the TV series (judging by the DVD collections of episodes that I've seen) and suffers a bit by comparison with either it or 'City of God,' the vibrancy of the life on offer in all these films is still unmistakable, as well as the attractiveness of the young actors, the warmth of the world evoked--and vernacular swiftness that of the filming and editing, which somehow is both relaxing and unnerving.

Wallace/Laranjinha is trying to find out who his real father is; he doesn't want "unknown" to be on the place for "father" on his papers. Acerola knows his father is dead, and he wants to know what happened. He's faced with the local problem from the other side. His wife Cris (Camila Monteiro) keeps leaving their toddler son Clayton (Vinicius Oliveira) with him to take care of. He doesn't want to accept the responsibility. But if he reneges on it, he'll leave Clayton in the same place he and Wallace are in. Ace abandons Clayton on the beach early on when Madrugadão (Midnight, Jonathan Haagensen), the gang leader of the hill where they live, risks assassination to descend on a super-hot day for a swim in the ocean. He also turns some flashy cartwheels and shows off his spectacular pecs. Madrugadão, like Wallace (i.e. Darlan Cunha), is handsome and charismatic. Ace is so childish he forgets his own son; but he rushes back and finds him. And when Cris gets a job in the wealthier city of São Paulo, Ace, with great difficulty, forces himself to take on the responsibility of raising Clayton.

Wallace (perhaps a bit too easily) finds his father, a bearded man named Heraldo (Rodrigo dos Santos), who has just gotten out of prison after serving fifteen years of a twenty-year sentence--for murder. Heraldo's beard cannot conceal the fact that he is not very mature. He hasn't shouldered the responsibilities of being a man. But he also carries the weight of suffering and gratitude.

When rival gang leader Fasto (Eduardo "BR" Piranha) takes over Midnight's territory on Dead End Hill, a new gang war breaks out right in the middle of Ace and Wallace's journey of self-discovery.

'City of Men' is a more tender, individual and grownup story than 'City of God'; from what I've seen of the TV series it grows out of, it's less specific and less witty. It works as a kind of antidote to the amorality one feels in 'City of God,' and its warmth is touching. Nor is it visually ineffective, or its sense of the milieu less rich--except. Except that it quite lacks the momentum and adrenaline-rush brilliance of 'City of God's' virtuoso film-making and editing, or the rich range of minor characters the latter has. It is a little bit meandering, and its fast jump-cut slides from scene to scene sometimes seem out of place. As the AV Club reviewer says, much has been gained in this new film, but much has been lost as well. Still 'City of Men' is well worth watching.

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