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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

City of Men

If anyone is tired of May sweeps, I have just finished watching the four-part series "City of Men," which is showing on the Sundance Channel this month. It's made by the same people who made City of God, which I haven't seen, but now really want to.

It's about two boys who live in one of Rio de Janeiro's favelas, which are sort of hillside shanty towns. I'm sort of conflicted about it. On the one hand, it has this super-earnest after school special tone: The boys are always tempted to do something wrong (but not too wrong), and then they learn their lesson at the end.

On the other hand, it is something that you never see on TV in America. It is not cynical or sarcastic or loaded with product placements and pop culture references (not ones that I recognize anyway). The physical setting is amazing -- sort of squalid, but also gorgeous. This picture doesn't really do it justice. And it has poor people as its central characters -- not poor people as crime victims, or criminals, or patients, but as actual fully-developed characters. I can't think of a single American tv show that can say the same.



Blogger Laura Holt said...

Sick of May sweeps? What are you saying?

No, I know what you mean. My antidote to finale fatigue is the salt of the sea crab fishermen on Deadliest Catch. But if I had the Sundance channel, I would definitely be watching this too.

5/16/2006 1:56 PM  
Blogger Red Fraggle said...

I, too, feel exhausted by May sweeps. But in a few more weeks we won't have it anymore, and then we will be very, very sad.

5/16/2006 2:21 PM  
Blogger Laura Ingalls Wilder said...

Y'all should see City of God -- it's an excellent movie.

5/16/2006 4:45 PM  
Blogger Bailey Quarters said...

I'm moving it to the top of my Netflix list.

5/16/2006 4:52 PM  

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