weak lungs’s review published on Letterboxd:
this boy was real,
his being was used to display the cruel conditioning processes inflicted upon the street children of Brazil which he was a part of
after the success of this film he tried to become a pro actor but failed because of his illiteracy and lack of motivation
at the age of 19 he was killed in a police gunfire
"Ramos da Silva's mother and teen-age wife, however, called the shooting a police execution--not an unusual occurence in Brazilian slums."
i wish this kind of tragic irony didn't exist...
there's no room for hope
and we call this true art, "gritty realism"