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Lower City (2006)

Director: Sérgio Machado     Starring: Alice Braga
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202833868
UPC: 660200314026
UPC 14: 00660200314026
Rating: Game Rating Code
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From the Award-Winning Filmmakers of The Motorcycle Diaries.
A love triangle between two best friends and a sultry, beautiful young girl.

""...a triangular tangle of sex, love, jealousy..."  Entertainment Weekly
""Earthy, erotic and in-your-face..."  Sight and Sound
""Boasting raw, handheld camerawork and bathed in sultry golden hues..."  Total Film

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/19/2012
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3140
Video UPC UPC: 00660200314026
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alice Braga
Video Cast Info Jose Dumont
Video Cast Info Lazaro Ramos
Video Cast Info Wagner Moura
Video Cast Info Beto Villares - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Carlinhos Brown - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Isabella Monteiro - Editor
Video Cast Info Karim Ainouz, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Mauricio Andrade Ramos - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Bevan - Producer
Video Cast Info Sergio Machado - Director
Video Cast Info Toca Seabra - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info "Karim Ainouz, et. al." - Writer


Winner (2005)
   Video Award Name Cannes Film Festival, Sergio Machado, Award of the Youth

Professional Reviews

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

Variety 9 of 10
"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." - Deborah Young

San Francisco Chronicle 7 of 10
"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." - Ruthe Stein

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Ramos,Lazaro
Product attributeLabel:   Palm Pictures
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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