Lower City (Cidade Baixa)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"Everything feels obvious and by-the-numbers, as if director and co-writer Sérgio Machado was constrained by archetypes and narrative tradition."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material."
‑ Michael Hardy, Boston Globe
"A gritty, Brazilian drama which called for Alice Braga to be naked and in heat nearly non-stop, whether in a bed with a boyfriend or one of her assortedy Johns."
‑ Kam Williams, University City Review
"A likeable and accomplished addition to the Latin American new wave."
‑ , Sight and Sound
"Yes, it can be hard having a girlfriend who's a hooker."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"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."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Strong performances by the three leads ... help to make up for the story's sliver of a plot."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The meager plot is no more than a clothesline upon which to hang some heated sex scenes and ugly violence."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"For stretches it's enough to enjoy the grungy but gorgeous locations, the soulful performances of the three leads and the frequent, ravenous sex scenes. OK, for long stretches it's enough."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The toastiest summer on record is but an intermittently flickering 40-watt bulb when held up to the positively incendiary sexual firestorm that is Brazilian import Lower City."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Tells a familiar story with an emotional intensity and a high eroticism that makes a lacerating impact."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"There are sections of the screenplay that lead nowhere and I also find the ending makes the film rather incomplete. Yet it's a gripping work, and a powerful journey while it lasts."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"not quite enough to make this the explosive debut he no doubt was wishing for."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"The setting is far more enticing than the story. Sometimes, that's enough."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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