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Lower City -- 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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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lázaro Ramos ... Deco

Wagner Moura ... Naldinho

Alice Braga ... 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
Leno Sacramento ... Rufino
Wilson Mello ... Ferreirinha (as Wilson Melo)
Zeca Abreu ... Marinalva
Nonato Freire ... Notary
Ricardo Spencer ... Marcelo
Adelena Rios ... Stripper 1
Taís Wagner ... Prostitute 1

Caroline Ribeiro ... Jamily
Andréia Elia ... D. Lenita
Marcos Pedroso ... Seu Marquinhos
Alessandra ... Stripper 2
Guiga Scott ... Xanadu Presenter
Agnaldo Lopes ... Client of Karinna 2
Rai Alves ... Athaide
Tinho Bahia ... Boxer
Luís Olho de Gato ... Sparring Partner
Carlos Pronzato ... Chilean Chief Officer
Felipe Ferreira ... Joilson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fernanda de Freitas ... Nilma (uncredited)

Directed by
Sérgio Machado 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karim Aïnouz  (as Karim Ainouz)
Sérgio Machado 
Adriana Rattes  contributing writer
Gil Vicente Tavares  contributing writer

Produced by
Robert Bevan .... associate producer
Mauricio Andrade Ramos .... executive producer
Donald Ranvaud .... associate producer
Walter Salles .... producer
Original Music by
Carlinhos Brown 
Beto Villares 
Cinematography by
Toca Seabra 
Film Editing by
Isabela Monteiro de Castro 
Production Design by
Marcos Pedroso 
Art Direction by
Marcos Pedroso 
Costume Design by
Cristina Camargo 
André Simonetti 
Makeup Department
Rosa Versoça .... makeup artist
Production Management
Claudia Reis .... unit production manager
Severo Santos .... set production manager
Marcelo Torres .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniela Carvalho .... second assistant director
Márcia Faria .... chief assistant director
Maria Farkas .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dan Rodrigues .... property master
Sound Department
Rômulo Drummond .... boom operator
Helena Duarte .... foley editor
Paulo Gama .... sound assistant
Leandro Lima .... sound recordist
Mauricio Pascuet Pregnolatto .... foley artist (as Maurício Pascuet)
André Tadeu .... sound re-recording assistant
Armando Torres Jr. .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Mauricio Couto Bevilaqua .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Marcelo Ferreira PeeJay .... digital artist
Marcelo Ferreira PeeJay .... digital effects artist
Vanessa Mariano .... visual effects
Rogério Marinho .... visual effects
Marco Prado .... visual effects artist
Thiago Sassioto .... film recorder
Marcelo Siqueira .... post production supervisor
Marcelo Siqueira .... visual effects supervisor
Lilian Stock Bonzi .... digital effects artist
Karina Vanes .... post production coordinator
Ariel Wollinger .... digital effects artist
Ariel Wollinger .... film recording supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Kika Cunha .... camera assistant
Julia Equi .... camera assist
Maoma Faria .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Daniela Carvalho .... casting research
Editorial Department
Fábio Fatorelli .... assistant editor
Gigio Pelosi .... colorist
Music Department
Fil Pinheiro .... music production
Other crew
Bia Almeida .... press office assistant
Ariadne Mazzetti .... commercial attendant
Alex Moreno .... production coordinator
Anna Luiza Müller .... publicist
Leticia Prisco .... production assistant
Claudia Reis .... production coordinator
Fátima Toledo .... acting coach (as Maria Fatima Toledo)
New Siah Leng .... illustrator: concept (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Cidade Baixa" - Brazil (original title)
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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use
98 min | Brazil:110 min | Argentina:100 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Continuity: 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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43 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Claustrophobic threesome movie has tired plot, inconsistent characters, but high sexual tension, 21 April 2006
Author: debblyst from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Reading the IMDb comments from non-Brazilian reviewers, I get the impression "Cidade Baixa" has been mismarketed internationally -- it's far from the ambition, impact, range or scope of "City of God" or "Central Station". It's rather a modest chamber movie about a love triangle setting apart lifelong friends Deco (the incredibly overrated Lázaro Ramos, here in a one-note-so-minimalist-it's-really-lifeless performance) and Naldinho (intense, charismatic Wagner Moura) over the sexual attention and ultimately the "true" love of stripper Karinna (newcomer Alice Braga, sexy, lovely, inexperienced and unconvincing).

Director Sérgio Machado's only previous solo feature effort was "Onde a Terra Acaba", a well-researched documentary on Brazilian legendary filmmaker Mário Peixoto and his single finished film, the 1931 classic "Limite". Like many directors who cross the bridge from documentaries to fiction, Machado here is completely taken over by "the magic of acting". While Machado's undisguised fascination with his three lead stars is overwhelming, the characters in "Cidade Baixa" lack real essence -- the emotional outbursts are there, but the motivations are never clear. The great performance and best designed character comes from veteran José Dumont: he creates a multi-layered, throbbing character in five minutes and has more truth and energy than the three stars combined.

The plot is painfully predictable, it has been told before (and better) countless times. The film's ultimate point -- that a threesome is as good an arrangement as any -- is only shyly hinted at, and probably won't come across for many viewers, but the sexual tension is tangible the whole time. The film is professionally accomplished, but I'm not sure the director's choice for claustrophobic settings and overuse of close-up shots is helpful to the story-- indeed it's a shame that we hardly get to see the open spaces and the entrancing population of Cidade Baixa (the lower part of the city of Salvador, capital of Bahia), which, after all, is the title of the movie! If you blink, you'll miss the falling-to-pieces but still impressive colonial architecture, and you may not see the low-life poverty and fight-for-life vibrancy typical of that neighborhood, because the camera only has eyes for the three stars. Even the Lacerda elevator (the architectural landmark that divides the Lower from Upper City) is seen but for a few seconds. And, for those of us who know and love Salvador for its magical spiritual and carnal energy, the life-affirming music, the irrepressible live-and-let-live savoir-vivre, it's really hard to believe how grim, bleak and sullen all these characters are.

Anyway, the film is never boring, has some good scenes and it's thankfully unpretentious, but the loose ending can be a letdown for many viewers. Maybe next time the talented but still unimposing Sérgio Machado will find a finer balance to his elements, adding a thicker, less tired plot and widening his framings to fully explore his locations, all of which deserves his attention as much as his cast.

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