Flavio Federico directs the visceral and intense
dramatic depiction of Hiroito, the infamous King of
Boca de Lixo, starring Daniel de Oliveira in the title
Following on from the cinematic appeal and acclaim of
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, it seems Brazil much
like British film in the late 1990s and early 21st
century has found a niche by going to the dark past of
its recent social history for dramatic intent.
Boca follows Hiroito from the violent murder of his
father, which the young boy witnessed as he was
stabbed over 40 times with a razor. Oddly, the
young boy was arrested and accussed of the crime,
ultimately he was acquited. Then two months
later, aged just 21 he moved to Boca de Lixo (an area
of downtown Sao Paolo in the 1950s renowned for
nightclubs, prostitution, bars and drugs), purchased
two guns and grew to become one of the most successful
criminals in Brazil.
The film richly depicts his violence against fellow
criminals, the glamour of the girls, the viscerality
of the guns as Hiroito becomes the legendary gangster
figure in Brazil.
Gangsters remain glamourous figures in cinema, due to
the intense nature of their upbringing - as young men
who really want attention and yet end up on the wrong
side of the law.
De Oliveira portrays Hiroito as a man with a big chip
on his shoulder who backs up his words with lots of
actions, whilst never hamming up or chewing up too
The film is cleverly filmed with a lot of hand-held
camerawork to make you feel a part of the action,
making the experience a worthwhile one on the small
Boca was released on DVD by Universal Pictures from
Monday 13th February 2012.