Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brutal Boys from Brazil; Armed and Dangerous: The Notoriously Violent Elite Squad Goes into Action

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brutal Boys from Brazil; Armed and Dangerous: The Notoriously Violent Elite Squad Goes into Action

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Cert 18, 114 mins **

WHEN Brazilian Jos? Padilha's first fiction film won the Berlin Festival's Golden Bear earlier this year, there were those who thought the jury, headed by the veteran Constantin Costa- Gavras, had taken leave of its senses.

But the judges were not the only people who liked Elite Squad: more than 10 million Brazilians did too and the film became a notable cause c?l?bre there.

It is about Rio's anti-drug elite squad, who shoot to kill and even torture, knowing all too well that the regular police are in cahoots with the drug lords in control of the favela communities.

This is the Rio of 1997 and Captain Nascimento, a brutish member of the elite squad, wants someone to replace him now that his wife is having a baby.

Neto and Matias are police rookies, the latter studying law at college. They know about the corruption and that many students are part of the trade. So Nascimento gets them trained up for the elite squad but a gang leader is after them. …

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