City of God (2002)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Urban Drama, Crime Drama, Coming-of-Age  |   Release Date - Jan 17, 2003 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 131 min.  |   Countries - Brazil  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Fernando Meirelles' City of God is a sweeping tale of how crime affects the poor population of Rio de Janeiro. Though the narrative skips around in time, the main focus is on Cabeleira who formed a gang called the Tender Trio. He and his best friend, Bené (Phelipe Haagensen), become crime lords over the course of a decade. When Bené is killed before he can retire, Lil' Zé attempts to take out his arch enemy, Sandro Cenoura (Matheus Nachtergaele). But Sandro and a young gangster named Mane form an alliance and begin a gang war with Lil' Zé. Amateur photographer Buscape (Alexandre Rodrigues) takes pictures of the brutal crime war, making their story famous. City of God was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

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gang-war, ghetto, slums, Brazil, life-of-crime, cocaine, drug-dealer, poverty, street-kid

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High Artistic Quality