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Gritty, realistic, funny, violent, superb - not a bad moment
Firstly to the people who say this movie is boring (yeah it's long but gripping every step of the way) or like City of God (they were both shot in Brazil - similarity ends) I disagree with you.
Carandiru is the name of the Prison in Sao Paulo. Overcrowded by 2500 inmates life is tough not to mention cramped. Told from the point of view of the Prison doctor Carandiru chronicles the life inside with brief incites into the lives of individual prisoners.
Disaster occurs when 111 inmates are shot in a bloodbath following a riot. The killers are the Riot Squad, sent in to quell the disruption.
The story is one sided as it tells it only from the Doctor's version of events (mainly aided by the Prisoners he dealt with). Don't take it as fact, it's a film after all. But do take it as a harsh tale of the way inmates in Carandiru felt their life in their home was destroyed on that day.
I doubt any film can come close to this. It benefits hugely from it's lack of stars. Many characters are portrayed and all contribute to the film equally. I highly recommend Carandiru to any potential viewer. It has it all comedy, realism, touching humanity, action, etc... you name it there is an element of it Carandiru.
What do you mean bad?
"Lets just hate it cause everyone else loved it so much?" This film is perfection, thats all I need to say. Audrey Tatou is gorgeous and a really good actress, the film made me feel great and in love with the world. What other film can do that?