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Lower City (Cidade Baixa) (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 22

This familiar story of a tension-fraught love triangle wavers between brutality and steamy sex.

52

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 10

This familiar story of a tension-fraught love triangle wavers between brutality and steamy sex.

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
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A simple cruise turns into a jealous battle for the affections of a sultry prostitute as the co-owners of a small cargo boat make their way down the Brazilian coastline in director Sergio Machado's stylish and sultry erotic drama. Deco (Lazaro Ramos) and Naldinho (Wagner Moura) are best friends who make their living by renting out their modest cargo boat. Approached by 20-year-old prostitute Karinna (Alice Braga) for a ride down the coast, the trio sets out into the waters with both Deco and

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Everything feels obvious and by-the-numbers, as if director and co-writer Sérgio Machado was constrained by archetypes and narrative tradition.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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With a distinct lack of action, Machado resorts to far too many close-ups of his stars until, as good-looking as they are, you tire of looking at them.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Strong performances by the three leads ... help to make up for the story's sliver of a plot.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Tells a familiar story with an emotional intensity and a high eroticism that makes a lacerating impact.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A gritty, Brazilian drama which called for Alice Braga to be naked and in heat nearly non-stop, whether in a bed with a boyfriend or one of her assortedy Johns.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: University City Review
University City Review

The meager plot is no more than a clothesline upon which to hang some heated sex scenes and ugly violence.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There are sections of the screenplay that lead nowhere and I also find the ending makes the film rather incomplete. Yet it's a gripping work, and a powerful journey while it lasts.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A likeable and accomplished addition to the Latin American new wave.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

For stretches it's enough to enjoy the grungy but gorgeous locations, the soulful performances of the three leads and the frequent, ravenous sex scenes. OK, for long stretches it's enough.

September 6, 2006 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

not quite enough to make this the explosive debut he no doubt was wishing for.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Yes, it can be hard having a girlfriend who's a hooker.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The toastiest summer on record is but an intermittently flickering 40-watt bulb when held up to the positively incendiary sexual firestorm that is Brazilian import Lower City.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The setting is far more enticing than the story. Sometimes, that's enough.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Three potent performances readily compensate for the familiar plot.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A steamy lust triangle that would be better if you didn't get the feeling that the guys were competing (kinda like in the cockfight) and Karinna is just the prize that goes to the victor.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Brazilian director Sergio Machado once worked as an assistant to Walter Salles, but fortunately, his new film as director, Lower City is alive in ways that Salles could not conceive.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

In trying for realism, Machado only achieves dramatic inertness. His three fallen characters drift through life with no purpose other than to satisfy their immediate physical needs.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Machado asks us to believe in the love between Karinna, Deco and Naldinho without ever making us feel anything but the tug of their sexual attraction.

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Any social comments the film might contain fall by the wayside in your brain, pushed aside by the bullet: 'Karinna's topless again!' That's life in Lower City.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Audience Reviews for Lower City (Cidade Baixa)

Average high octane Brazilian drama film I ever watched, but Alice Braga is hot in her nudity and sex scenes.
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