Hill of Pleasures

Hill of Pleasures, a documentary about policing a Rio de Janeiro slum, sounds really interesting from the write up. And then, all settled in the theatre, and you get:

  • a minute of watching a woman get her hair buzzed
  • 2 minutes of ‘grandma’ walking down the path, clutching the building walls as she goes (“watch out for that parked motorcycle!”)
  • cops caught on film intervening for things like… searches that turn up no drugs or weapons — and noise complaints.

Yawn. Once the credits started to roll, at the Hot Docs presentation, A mass exodus occurred – despite the promise of Q&A with the producer.

Rating: 2/5 — it was shot well, but was a snoozefest.


(This review originally written on April 2013)

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