Release date16 May 2005 (2005-05-16) (Cannes)
4 November 2005 (2005-11-04) (Brazil) WriterKarim Ainouz, Sergio Machado, Adriana Rattes (contributing writer), Gil Vicente Tavares (contributing writer) Music directorCarlinhos Brown, Beto Villares CastWagner Moura (Naldinho), Lázaro Ramos (Deco), Alice Braga (Karinna), Harildo Deda (Careca), Maria Menezes (Luzinete), João Miguel (Edvan) Similar moviesJamon Jamon, Irreversible, Unlawful Entry, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, New Best Friend, Blackhat
TaglineLove to live. Live to love.
Lower city trailer 2005
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.