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Lower City
(Cidade Baixa)
Directed by Sérgio Machado
Produced by Walter Salles
Mauricio Andrade Ramos
Written by Sérgio Machado
Karim Ainouz
Starring Wagner Moura
Lázaro Ramos
Alice Braga
Distributed by Palm Pictures
Release date(s) June 16 2006
Running time 97 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

Lower City (Portuguese: Cidade Baixa) is a dramatic film by the Brazilian director Sérgio Machado. It was released in Brazil and to international film festivals in 2005, including being screened in the Un Certain Regard seciton at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.[1] Its general release in the United States was in 2006 in New York.


Plot summary

Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho share ownership of an old, rusting boat in Salvador, Brazil. A strong bond exists between the two men, transcending their racial differences. "No woman will come between us," Naldinho tells Deco, and Deco concurs: "All the women in the world couldn't come between us."

That bond is tested after the men meet Karinna, a dancer and prostitute. Karinna needs a ride, and she offers the two men her "services" in exchange for transport on their boat and a little cash.

The emotional entanglements that result from Karinna's "deal" are stronger than the trio expected. Deco and Naldinho develop a desire to possess Karinna. Karinna's desires are more subtle, though its clear that she feels both a sisterly affection and sexual attraction toward the two men.

Additional details

New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott notes that Karinna "comes to represent an escape from the impoverished, semicriminal lives" of Naldinho and Deco.

Lower City is in Portuguese with English subtitles.




  • Scott, A.O. (2006, June 16). A Love Triangle With Soft Edges. The New York Times, p. B16

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