|Directed by||Sérgio Machado|
|Produced by||Walter Salles
Mauricio Andrade Ramos
|Written by||Sérgio Machado
|Distributed by||Palm Pictures|
|Running time||97 minutes|
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 section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Its general release in the United States was in 2006 in New York.
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 Karina, a dancer and prostitute. Karina 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 Karina's "deal" are stronger than the trio expected. Deco and Naldinho develop a desire to possess Karina. Karina's desires are more subtle, though its clear that she feels both a sisterly affection and sexual attraction toward the two men.
- "Festival de Cannes: Lower City". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
- Scott, A.O. (2006, June 16). A Love Triangle With Soft Edges. The New York Times, p. B16
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