Category Archives: Fernando Meirelles

52. The Constant Gardener

52. The Constant Gardener

Thankfully Alan Titchmarsh and Charlie Dimmock are nowhere to be seen in Fernando Meireles’ follow up to City of God, an African-set thriller starring Ralph Fiennes as a British diplomat trying to find the motives behind the death of his wife Rachel Weisz.

What Tierna thinks: “I’m glad this wasn’t based on a true story although I suspect it’s based on a lot of realities. The two main characters are people we can believe in; the film follows their romance yet there’s a strong focus on the corruption and conspiracies surrounding their lives. I’ll give this a nine out of ten. I really liked this one.”

What Tom thinks: “City of God is the highest rated film on our list (so far) and so you would expect Fernando Meireles’ follow up to be good… and it kinda is although not in the same league.  Have to admit I didn’t really think of seeing this when it came out purely because of its name, silly but true.  It’s a bit slow at times but an all-round intelligent film and well shot.  I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”

Up next: The Son’s Room (La Stanza del Figlio)


66. City of God

66. City of God

Set in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janiero, City of God follows a group of young boys as they grow up in the world of organised crime.

What Tom thinks: “After the disappointing Gomorra, this was great to watch.  It’s been described as the ‘Brazilian Goodfellas’ and that’s not far off the mark.  Starting in the 60s and following through to the 80s it is something of an epic.  There’s lots of characters and each of them has their own story. I love the way this film is almost broken into chapters and flashes back in time to tell the story of how we’ve reached the present.  A superb film which is well worth a ten out of ten.”

What Tierna thinks: “Woaah. Tom just gave that a ten… I’m in shock. It’s not that it wasn’t a good film but he’s hard to please with movies!  Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one but it didn’t disappoint. Despite being about deprivation and corruption, there was a good deal of humour and an excellent storyline. I particularly enjoyed the added photography storyline that ran throughout. I’ll give this a nine out of ten.”