City of God

City of God is a poignant and often brutal film. Every character’s individual story is tied to Rocket, an aspiring photographer looking to make his way out of the slums— this makes the story feel uncompromising and realistic rather than hopeless. From the culture-shock inducing montage at the film’s beginning to the high speed history of a drug dealer’s apartment (a standout moment in the film), its cinematography is beautiful and striking. City of God manages to gain the sympathy and respect of its viewers by portraying its characters as complex individuals rather than helpless victims, a feat difficult to achieve considering the film’s subject matter.


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