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Lower City (2005)
"Cidade Baixa" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  2 December 2005 (UK)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lázaro Ramos ...
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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$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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Steamy Love-Triangle Slums It Well
9 December 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Penned as the next City of God/ Amores Perros/ Y Tu Mama Tambien simply because it is the next good film to come out of South America, is to be expected. However, Lower City doesn't quite live up to its comparative brothers but does manage to create a feel of its own. I empathised with each of the characters and felt they were played brilliantly by the actors involved. There was a real sense of passion with the helplessness of the poverty/ crime lifestyle they find themselves in.

One problem with the narrative that I felt was the rather instant impact the female love interest has on this supposed solid friendship. The film doesn't really know what it wants to express: is it an incite into the underbelly of south American society or an erotic platform for the characters and their drama. The pace dips in the middle but the end delivers excitement and resolution.

As a whole, I enjoyed this film but was far from blown away


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