By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated February 27, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST
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City of Men

type
  • Movie

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+

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City of Men

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 105 minutes
director
  • Paulo Morelli

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