Vantoen Pereira Jr.
Owen Gleiberman
February 27, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

City of Men

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/29/08
performer
Darlan Cunha, Douglas Silva
director
Paulo Morelli
distributor
Miramax
author
Paulo Morelli, Elena Soarez
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

City of Men has the electrically over¬saturated style of reality that made City of God such a searing vision of teenage criminal life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. But this companion piece, produced though not directed by Fernando Meirelles, is as heavy with message as any Hollywood delinquent drama of the late ’50s. It centers on a pair of boy¬hood pals, each haunted by his absent father, who get drawn into a gang war. Douglas Silva and Darlan Cunha make their torn camaraderie touching, but we can sense the Big Revelation About Their Past half a mile away. B-

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