Following on from the internationally acclaimed
movie "City of God" by director Fernando Meirelles, City
of Men directed by Paulo Morelli who now takes the reigns follows
the story of two best friends, Acerola and Laranjinha who have grown
up on the dangerous streets of Rio where drug gangs rule the
Each of the friends have unique and
sometimes convoluted history such as Acerola finding it difficult to
take responsibility of his son or Laranjinha who grew up fatherless
decides to seek his father. Unfortunately for both these close
friends, they have strong ties to a violent gang that eventually
draws them into a deadly war between rival gangs.
The scenes in City of Men are quite
powerful, especially the cinematography of these dark alleys and
ghettos of where the film is based. In its essence, it's a story of
how two men attempt to normalize the world that they live in and
whether they accept the pressures of their gang or become men who
can walk through society.
Gripping from start to finish!