Posts Tagged ‘drugs’

Wasted On The Young

April 17, 2011

I might actually be able to recognise an Australian accent now after watching this teen thriller.

The young and the fearless. Partying like there’s no tomorrow. Taking drugs like they were vitamins.

They have no worries except for being on the good side with the popular and powerful at their private high school. And the ones who happen to have other interests end up being drawn into the unreal world of the socialite. The only rules they have to follow are the ones set by them. There’s no adult supervision. No teachers, no parents and why didn’t anyone call the cops?

There were many moments of ‘what’s going to happen now’, holding the suspense. Then ‘really’, hoping there would be some morality, some justice, someone with higher authority would interfere. But no.

There’s a rape, beatings, more beatings, suicide and homicide.

With all the wrong-doings, Wasted On The Young is a work of art. It’s artistically made, how it’s filmed, the editing, the sound. Beautiful scenery, very modern, very high quality.

Unfortunately it won’t get the mainstream attention that it kind of deserves. I’m happy I got hold of a ticket for that special viewing!

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INFERNO

May 24, 2009

Inferno by Patricia Melo. About a boy, Kingie, in Rio living in a favela who aspires to work for Miltão, who runs the drug traffic in Berimbau.

If you enjoyed City of God you should read this book. It’s a different story, more intense, and sadly it’s based on the reality of living in the favela where there’s an ongoing civil war where more people are getting killed than in the Iraqi war. I was so caught up by the story that I’ve taken a break from reading it. I’m hoping for a good ending but I’m not expecting it.

Kingie, who lives with his mother and sister, has no interest in going to school, instead he starts working for Miltão as a lookout boy. When his mum, who work as a maid for an upper-class family, finds out she demands Miltão to stay out of her boy’s life so he can go back to school. That’s when Kingie faces drug addiction at the age of 11, doing whatever it takes to get his next fix.

The book also follows the lives of the people around Kingie. Carolaine, his sister who gets pregnant before turning 15. Alzira, his mother. Dona Juliana, his mother’s boss who’s having an affair. Beautiful Suzana, his neighbour and Miltão’s girlfriend. Fake, Reader, Kelly, Walmir, Onofre, Rosa Maria.

It’s a story about hope, survival, love, loyalty and misery. It’s an inside story, so captivating and it already feels like the best book I’ve read so far in my young life.

It’s the kind of book that probably has an impact on the way people think and possibly change attitudes.