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Lower City [DVD] [2006]

Alice Braga , Harildo Deda , Débora Santiago    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Alice Braga, Harildo Deda, Jose Dumont, Ricardo Luedy, Olga Machado
  • Directors: Débora Santiago
  • Producers: Carlinhos Brown
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 22 May 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQHHE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Hard-hitting Brazilian drama. Deco (Lazaro Ramos) and Naldinho (Wagner Moura) are cargo workers and petty hustlers aboard a run down cargo boat. They offer a lift to stripper Karinna (Alice Braga), who sleeps with both men in payment. After dropping her off at a rough port town, the two men get involved in a violent confrontation that causes them to lose their money and leaves them stranded. Karinna starts a new stripping job, and the two men find their paths crossing with her again. Initially making an attempt to set up an unconventional relationship as a threesome, Deco and Naldinho slowly start to feel jealous of each other. The threesome splits up, but then irrevocably comes together once more.

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Lower City [DVD] [2006]

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Lower City appealed for the usual reasons: I read some positive reviews, and I love the Latin American/Spanish genre. Touted as a "sexy" film, the dvd cover has quotes such as "Steaminess and sexiness abound" (The Guardian) "Sultry, sweaty" (The Times) and yes, there is plenty of highly-charged passion from the three very convincing protagonists. But don't be misled: this a love story, a love triangle that even seems to take the characters by surprise.

Deco and Naldhino are lifelong best friends and co-owners of a small boat. On a trip down the river to Salvador del Bahia, they strike a deal to give a ride to a young prostitute, Karinna, paying for her services on the journey. A scene that takes place the following morning shows Karinna sitting on the dock, painting her toe-nails. Naldhino and Deco are unloading produce from their boat and she glances over her shoulder at them. The moment suggests a contentment, but it's also the signpost where you want to call out " Say good-bye now. Go your seperate ways. Ahead is jealousy, obsesssion and violence." But it's already too late. Once Karinna made the decision to board the boat, their collective fate was sealed.

The inevitable turmoil ensues, and as the narrative progresses, there's a sense that the three can't function without each other, even though this makes everyone unhappy. The oddly uplifting aspect of the situation they find themselves in, is a mutual support and therefore survival, in the decrepit volatility of Salvador. I don't want to give more away, but a major crisis prompts questions: can there be a long term future spent together, or must they be apart?

The dvd cover states that Lower City is a "powerful and erotic fusion of "City of God", "y tu mama tambien", and Truffaut's "Jules et Jim." I'd agree with this, and I'll definitely watch it again. If you go for those titles, you'll go for this too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Lower City" was quite good. As a whole, I enjoyed this film but was far from being blown away. All three of the leads are give an opportunity to make an impression. The script however, leaves a bit to be desired. After watching this yesterday the movies that came to mine was City of God/ Amores Perros/ Y Tu Mama Tambien simply because it was to be expected. It is one of the good films that had recently came out of South America. However, "Lower City" doesn't quite live up to its comparative brothers but does manage to create a feel of its own. I empathized with each of the characters and felt they were played brilliantly by the actors involved. There was a real sense of raw passion with the helplessness of the poverty/ crime lifestyle they find themselves in.

In this film we have two childhood friends, Deco (Lazaro Ramos) and Naldinho (Wagner Moura) whom both meet Karinna (Alice Braga), a stripper looking for a cheap ride to the city of Salvador, in exchange for sexual favours with the boys. Deco first, and Naldinho later, fall in love for Karinna, who likes both of them, forming a triangle of love and jeopardizing the friendship of Deco and Naldinho. "Cidade Baixa" is a real and cruel triangle of love, having the landscape of the red light district in the lower zone of Salvador and the environment of hopeless people that lives in the limit of the marginality of the society, prostituting, robbing, and fighting for surviving. The plot is actually unpredictable, with many possibilities and an open end. But the great surprise is the unknown actress Alice Braga, niece of Sonia Braga, performing a very erotic and searing character and dignifying the name of her aunt.

Even though this is a low budget movie it exhales sexual tension and mild eroticism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sizzling 11 Aug 2011
By cartoon
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I love this film. It is erotic , exciting , thrilling and moving . Alice Braga is brilliant as the sexy hooker . You can almost smell the struggle of all these peoples lives . This is more than just a film about sex .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully shot 23 Mar 2014
By Taniwha
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Intense as many Latino movies I've seen are. Great acting, very convincing. Id recommend it to anyone who likes quality indie, subtitled movies.
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