Lower City (Cidade Baixa)

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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 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

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Alice Braga
as Karinna
Wagner Moura
as Naldinho
José Dumont
as Sergipano
Maria Menezes
as Luzinete
Wilson Mello
as Ferreirinha
Zeca Abreu
as Marinalva
Joao Miguel Leonell
as Drugstore Clerk
Hugo Rodas
as Chilean Commando
Carlos Pronzato
as Deputy Chilean Commander
Fernando Fulco
as Police Officer
David Herman
as English Commander
Tais Wagner
as Stripper No.1
as Stripper No. 2
Andreia Elia
as D. Lenita
Marcos Pedroso
as Seu Marquinhos
Guiga Scott
as Narrator
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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (23)

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

    Aug 18, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    Aug 18, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving.

    Aug 18, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.

    Aug 12, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Strong performances by the three leads ... help to make up for the story's sliver of a plot.

    Aug 4, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Tells a familiar story with an emotional intensity and a high eroticism that makes a lacerating impact.

    Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Lower City (Cidade Baixa)

  • Jun 23, 2007
    Average high octane Brazilian drama film I ever watched, but Alice Braga is hot in her nudity and sex scenes.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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