Chop Shop

(Jon Higgins)


City of Men

Genre: Drama; Starring: Darlan Cunha, Douglas Silva; Director: Paulo Morelli; Author: Paulo Morelli, Elena Soarez; Runtime (in minutes): 105; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Miramax

As he did in his striking 2005 first feature film, Man Push Cart, about a Pakistani street vendor in New York, perceptive indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani looks at what others overlook and finds drama in everyday details. Set in a bleak junkyard cor¬ner of Queens, where ”auto-body repair” is indistinguishable from auto-part theft, this gentle drama of getting by in a harsh city jungle features a 12-year-old Latino orphan (Alejandro Polanco) who already knows something about the working world, and his older sister (Isamar Gonzales), who doesn’t yet. B+

Originally posted February 27 2008 — 12:00 AM EST

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