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Chop Shop

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Chop Shop
Jon Higgins

City of Men

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
105 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/29/08
performer:
Darlan Cunha, Douglas Silva
director:
Paulo Morelli
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Paulo Morelli, Elena Soarez
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

As he did in his striking 2005 first feature film, Man Push Cart, about a Pakistani street vendor in New York, perceptive indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani looks at what others overlook and finds drama in everyday details. Set in a bleak junkyard cor¬ner of Queens, where ”auto-body repair” is indistinguishable from auto-part theft, this gentle drama of getting by in a harsh city jungle features a 12-year-old Latino orphan (Alejandro Polanco) who already knows something about the working world, and his older sister (Isamar Gonzales), who doesn’t yet. B+