Faith and Paradise
 
 
Studio: Sheelba
 
Review Count: 11
Average Rating: 4.82 stars
Genre: Action
Length: 7 minutes 39 seconds
 
Posted on: July 11, 2006
 
 
Film Description
Contains explicit language

A story from the barrio's of Rio, told from the life of gang members Adnilson, Leo, Mané and also Leo's adopted farther Ze.It examines faith amongst the favela in a world were violence and drug crime is rife, set to a background of the real life drugs wars between the Terceiro Comando and the Comando Vermelho.

A barrio is more commonly know in the UK as a favela or shanty town.

Music is from PhatomRaul, Newgrounds, Wikipedia sound list(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sound/list) and Internet Archive Open Source Audio(http://www.archive.org/details/opensource_audio).

The shack mod is from www.8eyedbaby.com by Fraasmovies.

This is based on a few documentaries I watched recently (cocaine (based in Rio) on more4 and a Storyville documentary 'Gangs of Medellin'(set in Columbia)). So while it's not based on a true story hopefully it's fairly accurate. As far as language goes I had to work through an interpretation so it may be a little more eloquent than real life.

Unnecessary Philosophical information to read after the film: It seems that my films are becoming more and more unintentionally pro-religious. Why has an atheist who believes in moral absolutes made a film that seemingly contradicts this viewpoint? What I was trying to illustrate is that humanism really doesn't have the same pull that religion has, could it provide strength to follow what someone???s believes is right but is very hard to follow? Can it reach out to people with little or no education?
I also wanted to show how stale much of political Christianty has become. Christians who think they've resisted temptation by abstinence till marriage or rejected drug use or supported good against evil because they've voted for the republican party. I tried to fit in a particularly banal sermon I found on the internet but in the end it didn't work. Ze rejects the political or possible 'scientific' aspects of Christianity and it becomes far more pure and practical.
In the end I think the best part of Christianity is adherence to a benevolent moral code but do we really need a God for this?

Discuss the film here http://allboards.lionhead.com/showthread.php?t=179436
 
Featured Reviews
- Iriseon

Immersive atmosphere, intuitive progression, excellent filming. The message is a fine one and you are to be commended for a splendid performance.

Posted on July 13, 2006
- postmodernchuck

Incredible -- easily your finest film to date, and that is definitely saying something. I knew from experience that you would bring a story like no other to the screen for your next film, and yet I was still taken aback by the emotional and political ammunition fired by this movie. I was stunned (and still am) by the audacity of many scenes - the violence of the barrio, the hollow faith of Ze, the ambivalent meanderings of Adnilson - and though this will never be a blockbuster, it still represents the sort of film I so desperately yearn for more filmmakers to explore here on TMO.

From a technical perspective, this movie is a treat. Some of the visuals in this movie are astounding. The way you manipulate set dressing, backdrops, and light and fog effects to create the Brazilian atmosphere is really startling. Though a few rocky patches of editing mar some scenes a bit, the cinematagraphy was consistently great. Music selections were breathtaking. There was one shot in particular - near the end, where Ze stands before the mountain - that knocked the wind out of me.

You are definitely one of the bravest and most underappreciated filmmakers on TMO. You tackle subjects many are afraid to even think of, and you do it with grace and cinematic gravitas. This makes you a rare find on TMO, and certainly a rising star to look out for.

And the fact remains: I'd love to see some VO actors brave enough to bring your beautiful prose to life.

Posted on July 13, 2006
- SothisAmon

Spectacular, the dialog was perfect its not to verbose and it provokes thought whilst carrying the basic story at lightning pace and the explaination at the top left me saying "good man" haha One of my favourites, the plot and delivery are brilliant i dont think free cam will be of much use to your extended talking scenes though :P the characters in this one are brilliantly set up and easy to bond partly because they are all believable characters with you made an exceptional film here i think.
The only scene that seemed clunky to the rest was perhaps the one when leo and adnilson talk out side the hut it didn look "ghetto" enough, the rest of the use sets was great because it had me thinking if only that moose head wasnt there it would be slum you should have done blue screen and built shanty or used the back drops to make more open "Slum" set to walk and talk and do gang wars in :) you dont make many so you have to put loads of efort in :P but it wouldnt be that hard.
nice sub plotting in this i think that was what built the characters so well the unmentioned cocain addiction, how man children were being supported that kinda think. Very deep film which transends the limitations of the game by its quality and presentation, the music was great choices though i was sad not to hear some brazilian death or at least sepultura :)
I wish you made more films or one that made it high in the chart, but i guess its that whole "man gets hit in groin by football" episode off the simpsons.

Posted on July 12, 2006
 
Reviews
- Springy23

Amazing film. If their were best Foreign Film Awards, this would clean house. Good job mate.

Posted on September 11, 2006
- Vally

Interesting plot and atmosphere... Nice music too, it fits very well into the movie :)

Posted on August 14, 2006
- Greenglades

Plot/storyline: A good plot and storyline which looks at the hard life fr those that end up with limited opportunities and get stick in a cycle of violence, drugs, gangs.

Editing: Well edited, I liked the atmosphere you set to create your world of Rio in this story.

Overall: A well done film which has an ending which becomes a little "preachy". The best way to go about showing some things is usually indirectly as in this case unlike Solitude where the speeches made more sense to the characters this one at the end seems to e thrown in to make a point when the influence of religion, temptation etc.. did not play a role in the movie until the ending comments.

Posted on August 10, 2006
- Mildheadwound

To the layman, brazil is sun, sex and parties, but beneath this exctatic lifestyle, witnessed by the tourists, lies the seedy underbelly of living in a hazy vortex of drugs, gangs and broken homes. Once again, Sheelba shows the truth behind the lives affected in this corrupted paradise, and again fulfills us with another solid story of life, loss and disillusionment in the barrio . . . true drama, as we've come to expect, from this realistic take, from a director with a real grasp of humanity. ~ Kudos!

Posted on July 19, 2006
- kos78

I loved the use of music thoughout the movie, though especially in the first half. I was hoping that the first music track would make a come-back in the final narration. Some of the scenes went for a bit too long, such as the shooting through window sequence. The narration after the shooting was good at explaining what was going on, but unfortunately it broke up the feeling of the movie by speaking directly to the camera. In fact much of both the dialogue and the narration sounded unreal; stuffing words into their mouths to get a message across. Despite all that, I did really like this movie because it approaches a serious situation from multiple angles and shows the effects on different characters in the human drama. It does not try to offer false assurances or pat answers, it just presents things as they are with a hint of hope for the future. For that, I commend the movie-maker.

Overall, I thought the human drama, setting, and philosophical undertones of this movie were superb, but the technical details and some weakness in the way the script was written detracted a little. I commend the movie-maker for tackling tough subjects and hope to see more. All the best for the future.

Posted on July 19, 2006
- Trashman

A wonderfully done immersive story.
This movie is another fine example of your storytelling ability.Nothing is rushed,and the story flows seemlessly while being both interesting and poignant.
Although I am not a big fan of the charts,it would be nice to see one of your movies make it there,if only to get you and your films more exposure...something which this,and many of your other films deserve.

Posted on July 15, 2006
- Vesobe

Beautiful. Flawlessly so.

The depth of feeling and atmosphere engendered by this piece are simply marvelous. The music is evocative, at once signing the location and the emotion, but never intrusive. The language is strong yet subtle, realistic while communicating always in metaphor and allegory.

Seamless editing, powerful storyline and engrossing characters. A real treat.

Posted on July 14, 2006
- Iriseon

Immersive atmosphere, intuitive progression, excellent filming. The message is a fine one and you are to be commended for a splendid performance.

Posted on July 13, 2006
- postmodernchuck

Incredible -- easily your finest film to date, and that is definitely saying something. I knew from experience that you would bring a story like no other to the screen for your next film, and yet I was still taken aback by the emotional and political ammunition fired by this movie. I was stunned (and still am) by the audacity of many scenes - the violence of the barrio, the hollow faith of Ze, the ambivalent meanderings of Adnilson - and though this will never be a blockbuster, it still represents the sort of film I so desperately yearn for more filmmakers to explore here on TMO.

From a technical perspective, this movie is a treat. Some of the visuals in this movie are astounding. The way you manipulate set dressing, backdrops, and light and fog effects to create the Brazilian atmosphere is really startling. Though a few rocky patches of editing mar some scenes a bit, the cinematagraphy was consistently great. Music selections were breathtaking. There was one shot in particular - near the end, where Ze stands before the mountain - that knocked the wind out of me.

You are definitely one of the bravest and most underappreciated filmmakers on TMO. You tackle subjects many are afraid to even think of, and you do it with grace and cinematic gravitas. This makes you a rare find on TMO, and certainly a rising star to look out for.

And the fact remains: I'd love to see some VO actors brave enough to bring your beautiful prose to life.

Posted on July 13, 2006
- SothisAmon

Spectacular, the dialog was perfect its not to verbose and it provokes thought whilst carrying the basic story at lightning pace and the explaination at the top left me saying "good man" haha One of my favourites, the plot and delivery are brilliant i dont think free cam will be of much use to your extended talking scenes though :P the characters in this one are brilliantly set up and easy to bond partly because they are all believable characters with you made an exceptional film here i think.
The only scene that seemed clunky to the rest was perhaps the one when leo and adnilson talk out side the hut it didn look "ghetto" enough, the rest of the use sets was great because it had me thinking if only that moose head wasnt there it would be slum you should have done blue screen and built shanty or used the back drops to make more open "Slum" set to walk and talk and do gang wars in :) you dont make many so you have to put loads of efort in :P but it wouldnt be that hard.
nice sub plotting in this i think that was what built the characters so well the unmentioned cocain addiction, how man children were being supported that kinda think. Very deep film which transends the limitations of the game by its quality and presentation, the music was great choices though i was sad not to hear some brazilian death or at least sepultura :)
I wish you made more films or one that made it high in the chart, but i guess its that whole "man gets hit in groin by football" episode off the simpsons.

Posted on July 12, 2006
- Handzon

a film that provokes some thought..

Posted on July 11, 2006