Rent City of God (2002)

4.2 of 5 from 354 ratings
2h 4min
Rent City of God (aka Cidade de Deus) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Welcome to the world's most notorious slum: Rio de Janeiro's 'City of God'. A place where combat photographers fear to tread, where police rarely go, and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. This is the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and ultimately may be his only way out.
Actors:
Alexandre Rodrigues, , Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, , , , Jefechander Suplino, , , Edson Oliveira, Michel de Souza, , , , Gustavo Engrácia, , , , Leandra Miranda
Directors:
, Kátia Lund
Writers:
Paulo Lins, Bráulio Mantovani
Others:
Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Bráulio Mantovani, César Charlone, Daniel Rezende, Mauricio Andrade Ramos
Aka:
Cidade de Deus
Studio:
Buena Vista
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Brazil, Drama
Awards:

2003 BAFTA Best Editing

BBFC:
Release Date:
22/03/2003
Run Time:
124 minutes
Languages:
Portuguese
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • News from a private war
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/09/2011
Run Time:
130 minutes
Languages:
Portuguese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • News from a personal war – A conversation with Fernando Meirelles

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Reviews (4) of City of God

Excellent and engaging - City of God review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
22/04/2005

Its about the cycle of violence among the poor, young criminals in the slums of Rio De Janeiro. It's entire narrative is saturated with the desperation and violence of Brazil's disenfranchised underclass.But with its quintessential new-Latin-cinema energy, dynamic shooting style and complex structure of interconnected stories, it's also comparable to the Mexican Amores Perros. It is a fascinating, powerful film, full up with angry power about the disgraceful state of Brazil urban poverty, and how it simply creates a culture of desperate greed and cyclical violence.

An epic and a masterpiece by any standard.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Extremely violent - City of God review by JD

Spoiler Alert
17/10/2009

This is an autobiography / documentary from the point of view of a boy growing up in violent surroundings. The degree of violence and the realism of many of the killings are chilling. I have never seen a more extremely violent film in the sense of feeling shocked and saddened. I really hope that Rio can pull itself out of this very bad place. It is good, but I cannot bring myself to giving such an extreme film a 5 star.

2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Caution - City of God review by blackrocket2000

Spoiler Alert
07/01/2012

I have seen this film more than once, and endorse the review titled "Extremely Violent". However I have rated at 5 stars, because as a true story, it is a well made film. If you do decide to rent, you should be shocked, and perhaps saddened, by events. The pace is fast, even frantic. This is not Pulp Fiction or a violent Hollywood thriller. It is what world cinema should be, but it deserves an 18 rating.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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