|Directed by||Sérgio Machado|
|Produced by||Walter Salles
Mauricio Andrade Ramos
|Written by||Sérgio Machado
|Music by||Carlinhos Brown
|Edited by||Isabela Monteiro de Castro|
Lower City (Portuguese: Cidade Baixa) is a 2005 Brazilian drama film directed by 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 it is clear that she feels both a sisterly affection and sexual attraction toward the two men.
- Lázaro Ramos as Deco
- Wagner Moura as Naldinho
- Alice Braga as Karina
- Harildo Deda as Careca
- Maria Menezes as Luzinete
- João Miguel as Edvan
- Débora Santiago as Sirlene
- José Dumont as Sergipano
- "Bate-papo com Sérgio Machado" (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
- "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2012" (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 23. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
- "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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