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Lower City (Cidade Baixa) Reviews

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July 28, 2006
Tells a familiar story with an emotional intensity and a high eroticism that makes a lacerating impact.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2006
Brazilian filmmaker Sergio Machado scores a strong debut with this look at young hustlers in a lovers' triangle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2006
Machado ... saturates his directorial debut with rich, golden color, defining it with close, handheld shots that accentuate the feeling of skin on skin.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 21, 2006
Machado, a former assistant to Central Station filmmaker Walter Salles, doesn't seem to have a particular cinematic destination in mind for these characters, and the rather abrupt ending doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 6, 2006
The result is something you've seen many times but never quite like this.
July 6, 2006
Machado allowed his actors plenty of space to internalize and create their moments, which consist of rage hidden behind subtleties, libidinous pressure at the edge of containment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 30, 2006
As universal as the plot may be, it must be said that Karinna, Deco and Naldinho's longings, resentments, economic desperation and confusions are unnervingly palpable throughout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2006
The themes are all familiar and the plot unfolds slowly and in predictable ways, but there's plenty of heat generated by the three leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2006
This frenetic potboiler about a love triangle on the Salvador waterfront smacks of liberal slumming and bristles with faux authenticity.
June 23, 2006
Brazilian actress Alice Braga (niece of legendary Sonia Braga) is something special: beautiful and innocent without make-up, seasoned and hard in a pair of short shorts and a gold push-up bra.
| Original Score: 3/5
June 17, 2006
This is nothing really special, but it gets the job done.
Read More | Original Score: 2.7/5
June 16, 2006
The story wears thin long before it's over, but Machado draws strong performances from his leads and makes excellent use of its rundown locations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 16, 2006
The film is gritty and graphic, with 'artsy' takes where the camera holds on a motionless actor. But art it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 16, 2006
Machado remains nonjudgmental while getting convincing performances from Braga and, as the young men, Lazaro Ramos and Wagner Moura.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2006
There's also something patronizing about the zeal with which Machado wallows in the muck, especially since his characters' lives revolve entirely around sex.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 15, 2006
Another fine example of Brazilian cinema at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 15, 2006
The movie turns out to be a predictable and somewhat sentimental lower-depths love triangle, but Ms. Braga almost makes it work.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 14, 2006
A pleasurably swollen Brazilian soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 13, 2006
It's slick homogeneity, co-produced by Salles and co-funded by the Brazilian petroleum giant Petrobras, of a kind that commonly finds U.S. distribution while far better, riskier, more memorable films on the international table are ignored.
June 12, 2006
For a good time, take a trip far away from Lower City.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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