Lower City (Cidade Baixa) (2006)

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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 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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R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use)
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

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
Geronimo
as Fua
Fernando Fulco
as Police Officer
David Herman
as English Commander
Olga Machado
as Doctor
Wilson Melo
as Rufino
Tais Wagner
as Stripper No.1
Alessandra
as Stripper No. 2
Andreia Elia
as D. Lenita
Marcos Pedroso
as Seu Marquinhos
Guiga Scott
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Lower City (Cidade Baixa)

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (21)

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
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.

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.

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

Full Review… | August 12, 2006
Boston Globe
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Full Review… | August 4, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Lower City (Cidade Baixa)

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Interesting and with a good cast.

TTT C
TTT C

A great foreign film. Alice Braga has a great performance in this film. Just a great story about two best friends and the prostitute that both are in love, and will do anything to have her.

Ricardo Hernandez
Ricardo Hernandez
½

Alice Braga is naked in every other scene and she has sex with a hot black guy. Does it matter that the movie is only so so?

Wes Lawson
Wes Lawson

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