An occasional break from the have-to-dos in daily life may lead us to deliberate
over larger issues like, say, the welfare of the underprivileged. We fail to
realize that as man is getting closer to the moon, he is moving farther away
from his fellow men. An insight into the lives of the meniños da rua (children
of the streets) points an accusing finger at our apathy to such glaring social
problems. And this movie appears like it was originally conceived with the idea
of projecting the situation in Brazil where child prostitution and mass infant
massacres are daily news. It's a pity how it turned out, and how its publicity
promises very different things.
Boca (Tarcision Mera) is a drug lord in Brazil who has sporadic fits of goodwill
intermitting spite against the world. He takes young orphans under his wing
under the pretext of protecting them and employs them to sell dope. Jennifer
James, portrayed by Martin Sheen, is a journalist who is tremendously impressed
by this 'hero', to the extent of deifying him. Ignoring the fact that he sells
drugs, she approaches him with the intention of interviewing him and letting
the world know what a great man he is.
The filthy animal that he is, Boca dopes her and then gropes her. He sets the
stage for the final scene where she gets to question a successful businessman
who appears out of nowhere and accepts that he was responsible for killing innumerable
young children. The denouement of the plot is that Jennifer gets sick of Boca
and his stubborn ideologies and finishes him off in great dramatic style.
This 45-minute film doesn't have much to narrate as it tries to balance itself
between a documentary and a lucrative offer for the lust-lorn. It would best
be called a movie that 'presents the bare facts'. If the Don was supposed to
look like a terrifying psychopath, he fails miserably; and that the protagonists
(???) look least attractive and emotive is an understatement.
The background score stands out amid such a shoddy presentation, leaving quite
an impression on our minds. If you are wondering as to why we need to scrutinize
the technical details of such a movie, it is 'coz it isn't just a porno movie,
it is a porno movie with a message!