City of God – 10 Years Later
City of God was a fabs film (here is my short but to the point review from 2011), but this documentary which caught up with 18 of the actors was a bit disappointing.
Basically it just interviewed some of the principal cast to see what they are doing today, and ask them about what it was like to make the film. There were varying degrees of success for some of the actors after the film, and for some a life of continued poverty and crime, with one actor going missing, presumed dead.
Alice Braga is probably the most successful cast member in this film, she went on to do I Am Legend, Repo Men, Elysium, amongst others.
It was filmed well and looked pretty good, but the stories of the actors and the effect it had on the favelas was a bit dull, and even though it was only 70 minutes it dragged on for a bit. What we learned though was that the actors were paid what for them was a large amount of money at the time, but really it was not much (less than US$2000), and most of the actors spent it pretty quickly. One was offered either some money or a cut of the box office take, he took the money and of course now regrets that decision.
Watch City of God, but skip this.
Date watched: September 17th
Film count 2017: 105