(aka "City of Men' or 'Cidade dos Homens" )

directed by Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund, Regina Casé, César Charlone, Paulo Lins and Paulo Morelli
Brazil 2003

Originally made as a four-part mini series to run during ”The Week of the Children” (October 15 to 18, 2002), it was such a huge success, that a second season was made in 2003. Not so much based upon, but rather inspired by Meirelles’ “City of God” (2002), the episode follow the maturing of two teenage boys, Laranjinha and Acerola, into men.

The stories take place in the slum of Rio and was filmed on location by the same team who made, and with many of the actors from, “City of God”, as well as local people, and are a gritty, violent, yet often humorous account of coming of age. We follow the two teenage boys Laranjinha and Acerola in their struggle against poverty.

Where “City of God” is an account of the history of the gangs, “City of Men” is more interested in the effect poverty and the surrounding gangs and drug trafficking affects the daily life of children. Each episode is thus focussed on one particular element, like education, the first kiss, rich vs. poor, “white” vs. “blacks” and eventual gang recruiting.

More outspoken here, than in “City of God”, is the documentary style. The location, the situations and the actors make it all look like real events. Opposite this, there are montages, who playfully introduces CGI and digital effects. The end result is dynamic and engaging. A must-see for everyone who loved "City of God".

Henrik Sylow

Television Premiere: November 15, 2002 (Net Globe - Brazil TV)

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DVD Review: Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 280:51 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.98 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Portuguese
Subtitles English (fixed)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
Disc 1 (season 1)
• The emperor's crown (35:18)
• The mans brother-in-law (27:21)
• The post (29:36)
• Uolace and Joao Victor (31:36)

Disc 2 (season 2)
• Saturday (30:17)
• The two on their way to Brazilia (35:24)
• It has to be now (28:40)
• The Ordinaries (27:45)
• Hot spot (34:54)

DVD Release Date: September 27, 2004
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Comments Where the Brazilian DVD release had notes by the directors and the authors to the episodes, the Optimum is a bare boned release, with the episodes only. It would have been nice with at least some text material, which told the viewer about the history and production of the series. Be that as it may, it is a rare privilege to have this series available.


The quality of the picture is great. While there are “grain” and some compressions to be seen, this may well be due to the source, as the series was shot on both film and video. Likewise the sound, which even though only 2.0 DD is surprisingly involving.

Again, as with most Optimum products, the subtitles are fixed.

 - Henrik Sylow


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