Life on the mean streets of Angola is played for laughs in this satiric comedy from director Francisco Cafua. Inspired by the Brazilian film City Of God and the many similar movies that followed in its wake, Balas E Pistolas depicts a city where violence is a constant presence and conflicts are often answered with gunfire. But in Cafua's parody, practically everyone argues about practically everything, shooting first and asking questions later is the way ordinary folks do things, and most of the economy is centered around drugs, prostitution and other illegal enterprises. In one scene, a father who takes too long saying grace before dinner discovers his sons have already finished their food once he's done; he responds by forcing them to vomit at gunpoint, and then eat the food again after saying their prayers, giving a keen sense of Cafua's sense of comic absurdity. Balas e Pistolas (aka Bullets and Guns) was an official selection at the 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival; it was Cafua's first feature film after establishing himself directing music videos.
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