As a big fan of coming-of-age movies, TV series, and books; I have discovered this TV Series by chance and instantly became hooked, right after watching the first episode. The show is about two young boys growing up in a druglord and thug ridden favela in Brazil, as they deal with growing pains, bullies, family problems and the never-ending war between the police and the drug lords. Shot with various hand-held cameras, this docudrama is one of the best shows I have seen in TV. Too bad the movie wasn’t as good as the show. Though, after watching episode after episode of this show, all the characters become like members of your family. So watching the movie was like hanging out with your best friends from college, a year after your graduation…I can go on about this show forever and I was wondering are there any other dedicated fans here?
Hello, my fellow “CITY OF MEN” fans!
I am one of those people who watched the film first and then got hooked on the TV series afterwards. Though, I’m sure it has been tamed down for general audience, it was still an innovative coming-of-age dramedy and informative project as country/social studies point of view.
Before encountering this TV series and other films dealing similar subjects, I used to dream of traveling to Rio, an ultimate vacation delight, where there is no open racial conflict and beautiful local people mingle all night at funk parties on the beach sipping Caipirinha. Although, I still don’t mind checking it out with my own eyes, I believe that was a mere fantasy.
Since the DVD that I’ve got was the International version released mixing the episodes from all seasons, I’m missing a few episodes. I am hoping to be able to watch them all on the Auteurs someday!
Cidade dos Homens is a great show, though episode-to-episode the results are somewhat inconsistent (visual style, for one thing, seems to change as episodes have different directors who are given relative creative freedom). I’ve seen some truly stunning work on the show, though, and it’s on the short list of my favorite TV shows. My favorite episode, “It’s Gotta Be Now,” really brings to life the weird mix of love and lust that swallows (teenagers) in the presence of the opposite sex