Lower City (Cidade Baixa) (2006)
Critic Consensus: This familiar story of a tension-fraught love triangle wavers between brutality and steamy sex.
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 Naldinho employing her professional services throughout the course of the journey. After a fateful knife fight at a Cachoeira cockfight leaves Naldinho struggling for his life, Deco finds himself slowly falling for Karinna as his badly wounded friend battles back from the brink of death. Though Karinna's relationship with Deco becomes increasingly intimate during Naldinho's convalescence, it doesn't take long for the kindly prostitute to realize that Deco isn't the only one with intentions of claiming her as his own. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Lower City (Cidade Baixa)
Everything feels obvious and by-the-numbers, as if director and co-writer Sérgio Machado was constrained by archetypes and narrative tradition.
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.
A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving.
Strong performances by the three leads ... help to make up for the story's sliver of a plot.
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.
Boring, Boring. The cinematography was nice (Walter Sallles influenced) and Carlinhos Brown provides a nice sound track but the film just doesn't come together at a quick enough pace. This film also appears to have been shot/scripted for non-Brazilian consumption since the 3 lead characters just don't seem to match their place in life (i.e., 2 sailors and a prostitute).
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