Lower City

Directed By: Sérgio Machado Starring: Alice Braga

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A love triangle between two best friends and a sultry, beautiful young girl.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 202833868
UPC 660200314026
UPC 14 00660200314026
Format DVD
Release Date 6/19/2012
Rating Rating
Road Movies
Road Trips
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Steamy sex, glistening sweat, dark photography, grungy ghetto colors, and sudden violence pervade this Brazilian feature from director Sergio Machado. Alice Braga (CITY OF GOD) stars as Karinna, a traveling prostitute who trades her favors to lifelong friends Deco (Lazaro Ramos) and Naldinho (Wagner Moura) for a ride back to Salvador on their run down boat. After Deco is almost killed at a cockfight, the three form a temporary menage-a-trois friendship, but the intense love each man feels for Karinna coupled with their homophobic macho wariness threatens to destroy their once unbreakable friendship. The pair starts hanging out at the seedy strip club where she plies her trade, each trying to one up the other, raising money from a life of crime and crooked boxing matches respectively. Machado culls a lot of sweaty atmosphere from his locations and a grimy cast of authentic locals as extras. The three leads ably convey the passion and pain of living in itinerant, eternal adolescence, lost in a glowing fog of cigarette smoke, sex, sweat, and neon, struggling towards some sort of stability in the haze. A big Cannes favorite, the film should please fans of sexy art-house hits like Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and AMORES PERROS.
Sight and Sound "Earthy, erotic and in-your-face....The pounding energy that cast and director pour into their work mark this out as a work of fresh new talent." 06/01/2006 p.89
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Boasting raw, handheld camerawork and bathed in sultry golden hues, it succeeds in challenging national taboos..." 07/01/2006 p.117
Entertainment Weekly "[A] triangular tangle of sex, love, jealousy, brawling....[The director] lingers sensually over every wrong move his attractive tragic trio make." -- Grade: B 06/23/2006 p.52
Sérgio Machado
Alice Braga
Cast & Crew
Alice Braga - Actor
Beto Villares - Original Music By
Carlinhos Brown - Original Music By
Isabella Monteiro - Editor
Jose Dumont - Actor
Karim Ainouz, et. al. - Writer
Lazaro Ramos - Actor
Mauricio Andrade Ramos - Executive Producer
Robert Bevan - Producer
Sergio Machado - Director
Toca Seabra - Cinematographer
Wagner Moura - Actor
"Karim Ainouz, et. al." - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 3140
UPC 00660200314026
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Winner (2005) Cannes Film Festival, Sergio Machado, Award of the Youth
ReviewSource Variety
Review "Set in the violent lower depths of Brazil's Salvador de Bahia, a hot love triangle between two poor friends and a young hooker becomes the excuse for an impressive stylistic exercise in ""Lower City."" Though the storyline is dirt simple (can friendship outlive jealousy?) and not particularly meaningful or involving, the action in this character-driven film is scintillatingly sexy. Distribs with an eye for the erotic end of art cinema should take a look...Cinematographer Toca Seabra's sweaty closeups and raw, hand-held camerawork charge the actors' bodies with sensuality."
Reviewer Deborah Young
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "First-time feature film director Sergio Machado captures the seediness of their lives as Karinna becomes a stripper and hooker and Naldinho a petty thief. You can feel the honky-tonk atmosphere that permeates these river towns. A cockfight is especially vivid...the script, co-written by Machado and Karim Ainouz, is anemic. Situations quickly start to seem repetitive. It's hard to understand what Walter Salles, the director of ""The Motorcycle Diaries"" and ""Central Station,"" saw in the story that compelled him to produce ""Lower City."" With a distinct lack of action, Machado resorts to far too many close-ups of his stars until, as good-looking as they are, you tire of looking at them."
Reviewer Ruthe Stein
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Ramos,Lazaro
Label Palm Pictures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Entertainment Weekly "...a triangular tangle of sex, love, jealousy..."
Sight and Sound "Earthy, erotic and in-your-face..."
Total Film "Boasting raw, handheld camerawork and bathed in sultry golden hues..."

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