City of God (La cité de Dieu) [Blu-ray]
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Adapté dun best-seller de Paulo Lins, tiré de faits réels, City of God est la première réalisation du tandem brésilien Katia Lund-Fernando Meirelles. Percutant et inventif, le film, co-produit par le cinéaste Walter Salles, confirme également la bonne santé du cinéma sud-américain.
Construite dans les années 60 dans la banlieue de Sao Paulo, la cité de Dieu est une favela gangrenée par la violence et le trafic de drogue. Sous les yeux de Fusée, gamin déterminé à se créer un avenir dans la photographie, la cité en expansion devient le terrain dune guerre civile entre deux brigands, Petit Zé et Manu Tombeur, secondés par leurs gangs sans pitié.
Sorte de Scarface revisité par un Wong Kar Wai fan de samba, City of God est un film ambitieux, parfois choquant mais réellement solide. Retraçant avec une cohérence stylistique impressionnante lhistoire de la cité des années 60 à nos jours, il montre de près leffondrement moral et social de toute une génération en proie à la pauvreté, à quelques kilomètres dun Rio touristique de rêve. Sans concession, tirant profit dimages très dures pour susciter la réflexion, il a lintelligence de ne pas glorifier la violence. Malgré quelques longueurs, mais dynamisé par une audace esthétique époustouflante, City of God est le fruit dun réel talent de mise en scène et remplit avec justesse le rôle social que le cinéma peut avoir à jouer. Helen Faradji. --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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The boy is Rocket (Buscap' in Portuguese, played by Alexandre Rodrigues), who is born in Cidade de Deus and grows up before our eyes living in it. He is quiet and easygoing, just a non-violent person seeking a way to survive in a brutal environment. Rocket ends up doing exactly that through his passion, photography, that ends up making him an intermediary between the local gangs and the press. He is also the narrator of this movie, the voice that accompanies us throughout many of the stories that "City of God" has to offer...
The other main character of "City of God" is the "city" itself, that starts merely as a couple of houses, but that grows immensely as years go by. The activities in which its inhabitants are involved also change, from petty robbery to organized crime that involves drug dealing and arms trafficking. We see Li'l Z' (Z' Pequeno in Portuguese, played by Leandro Frimino), one of the boys that used to play soccer with Rocket, grow up to become a murderer and a drug lord, someone that makes his own laws. The same happened with others, but Li'l Z' probably represents to most dangerous kind of sociopath that the favela can produce. Rocket and Li'l Z', same circumstances, different persons, different choices. Who says that where you lives determinates how you are and what you do?. This is an excellent example that that is not always the case...Read more ›
The scenes are haunting, but also beautiful in a way. The scenes are realistic. I won't give you the plot because you probably know what it's about if you're looking it up. Even though Lil Zee and Rocket are the two main characters, the supporting characters are very important. Carrot, one of the other druglords, and Benny, Lil Zee's best friend are both really well played performances
Even if you find most international films, well, kinda foreign, you've got to see City of God.
Because it's the film Quentin Tarantino can't make, because he reads comic books instead of the Economist, and holes up in his house watching infinitely forgettable B movies instead of travelling.
Because it finally scratches the itch that is Paul Thomas Anderson, turning the kinetic energy of Boogie Nights towards subject matter that's vastly more meaningful, turning irony into a political weapon instead of YET ANOTHER UNBELIEVABLY TIRESOME vehicle for snarky deadpan humor.
Because it exposes once and for all the central problem hiding beneath the stylized sight gags of every Cohen Brothers' film: those guys don't have much to say about really anything at all.
Because it blows the doors off the plodding, insular, overwritten plot twists of Memento and the Lord of the Rings with a fantastic and fathomlessly deep pool of memorable characters, Dickensian plot turns, action, sex, style, and meaning.
Because it seamlessly interweaves spectacle, plot and metaphor better than any film in recent memory, all in service to a story that's stunning whether or not you know the history.
Because the documentary extra on this disc is better than 95% of the punchless minutiae-obsessed documentaries that have dominated the Oscar nominations and made that whole category an irrelevant, pretentious bore.
Because it's a flat-out rocking ride.
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A Brazillian film that I watched in Film Class. I must say, this bluray is an amazing buy with no regrets. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Marcia Jarina
The DVD isn't working, it lags every few minutes and the screen freezes, I have tried using 2 different blue ray player as well as a PS3 and it does the same thing on all the... Read morePublished on April 10 2013 by Felix-Antoine Morisset
Hello, the blu-ray edition don't have SPANISH subtitles, like you can read at the back cover.
The video quality is regular, you can choose English or French subtitles... Read more
Seriously. Check out the reviews here on Amazon, IMDB (top 20), or wherever they sell this film. That's a masterpiece. And what they show in the movie is real. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2010 by Dante Torres
I won't comment about the movie itself, but rather the film transfer & blu-ray presentation by Alliance.... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2010 by kyle g.
This true movie will shock all the way trough this rough and blessing story. And show how mean can be the men in theyre path to accomplishement.