City of God

City of God ★★★★½

i loved this but i kind of never want to watch it again. some of the most fascinating direction i've seen, with an approach to violence and death that is never emotionally manipulative, but never demeaning. the soundtrack is primarily used to support the setting (and sometimes to up the intensity of certain scenes) but to see the nearly casual music in the film paired with such brutal imagery honestly gave me whiplash. really did get a genuine emotional reaction out of me though. i still can't believe that this film made the 'kung fu fighting' song depressing......how do you even DO THAT