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Cidade Baixa (2005)

R | | Drama | 2 December 2005 (UK)
Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Deco
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Naldinho
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Karinna
Maria Menezes ...
Luzinete
Joao Miguel Leonelli ...
Pharmacist
Débora Santiago ...
Sirlene
Hugo Rodas ...
Chilean Commander
Divina Valéria ...
Zilu
Dois Mundos ...
Himself
Gerónimo ...
Fuá
Fernando Fulco ...
Delegate
David Herman ...
English Commander
Olga Machado ...
Doctor
Fernanda Freitas ...
Nilma
Ricardo Luedy ...
Client of Karinna
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Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered. Written by fabreu

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Love to live. Live to love.

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »
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Lower City  »

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Opening Weekend:

$8,199 (USA) (16 June 2006)

Gross:

$130,578 (USA) (22 September 2006)
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In closer shots of Karinna on the stripper pole, we can see that she is wearing panties. In farther-away shots, she appears full-frontally nude, putting said panties on. See more »

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References Benji (1974) See more »

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"Lower" your expectations
26 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lower City has several problems, the primary being that the story is a tired retread. We've seen it all before..the financial desperation causing people to do anything to survive, and an old fashioned love triangle. Director Sergio Machado brings nothing fresh to these well-worn story threads. Another complaint is although the film was shot in Salvador Brazil, we barely see any of the CITY in Lower City. Most of the film takes place on a boat or within the interiors of clubs, hotel rooms, and apartments. Another major fault lies in the fact that there is little to like about the three main characters. The men practice misogyny, rob, steal, and enjoy watching a good cock fight in their down time. The woman is a career prostitute. I felt quite detached from these characters rather early in the film. The ending was one that most could clearly see coming up Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue).

What DID work was the sexual chemistry between the three leads. The love scenes were passionate and convincing. I only wish the rest of the film had the same energy.

5/10


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