This is probably one of the most iconic movies to have ever come out of brazil, and its easy to see its popularity. The character development is some of the best I’ve ever seen in a movie and its even more of a major feat that the director has pulled this off succesfully--since most of the people in this film where not even professional actors at the time of filming. They where mostly residents of the City of God itself, where most of this movie was shot.
Set in Rio de Janairo it follows a boy called “rocket” and several other characters growing up through to adulthood in the City of God (A rio de janairo favela). Rocket wants to become a photographer and get out of the favela, while everyone around just seems occupied with being the biggest gangster in the favela. The story of rocket is told through several substories which focuses on the other characters in the movie. These stories are weaved throughout eachother in various chapters (each depicting a different part of the story of another character) and in a very cleaver way is creating this back and forth story, that sometimes also jumps back in time.
Some of the scenes in this movie are a little hard to watch (especially the one where one of the gangsters shoots a little child), but you have to keep in mind that this movie comes from a book that was written about the real favela life in Rio. So, a lot of the stories are based on true facts -- or are not far of from the truth. All in all, an extremely worthwhile movie to watch that truly has earned its place as one of the best movies of all time.