City of God ★★★★★

it felt weird seeing a lot of non-brazilians saying this is one of their favorite movies when i first started browsing through IMDb and Letterboxd. not that Cidade de Deus doesn't earn its enormous praise, but it's such a deeply brazilian movie! but i should have known: violence speaks all languages. shout out to Leandro Firmino for his flawless performance of one of the best villains of all-time, Zé Pequeno.

"quem falou que a boca é tua, rapá?"