Lower City (Cidade Baixa) (2006)



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

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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 … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Karim Aďnouz, Sérgio Machado
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2006
Palm Pictures - Official Site

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as Karinna

as Naldinho

as Sergipano

as Luzinete

as Ferreirinha

as Marinalva

as Drugstore Clerk

as Chilean Commando

as Deputy Chilean Comma...

as Police Officer

as English Commander

as Stripper No.1

as Stripper No. 2

as D. Lenita

as Seu Marquinhos

as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Lower City (Cidade Baixa)

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (22)

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

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.

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

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

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


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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