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- Behind-the-scenes featurette
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Yup, that's basically your entire movie right there. It's not the type of film you want to watch while your mother-in-law visits, because it's a real seat squirmer. In fact, another reviewer on these pages made mention of being at "Lower City's" premiere and passed along the observation that there was a lot of seat-squirming in the audience. No doubt.
While I think the film does a fantastic job showing depicting the squalid underbelly of a teeming Bahia, the 'plot' is sort of a loop of those key words - the characters have a boat; they meet a prostitute; they have sex on the boat; they go to a cockfight; they fight there and there's a lot of blood; they go back to the boat; they have sex; there's a fight; they have sex. At the end of the movie, they fight, there's a lot of blood, and the prostitute cleans them up. You get the idea.
I salute Alice Braga for her bravery here in this role. She really leaves nothing to the imagination. And I really liked Wagner Moura ('Naldinho'), who struck me as a Brazilian Mark Ruffalo, both in terms of looks (a striking resemblance) and acting chops. But, there's not much of a plot here. I think 'Lower City' will wear on you pretty quickly.
With lurid settings, graphic content, and abundant nudity--"Lower City" attempts to depict a seamier side of life. But strangely, the film is hard to view as the gritty urban tale it might want to be. Instead, I found the film almost sweet. Yes, I said sweet! Lázaro Ramos and Wagner Moura as the two young friends have such a natural chemistry, their relationship captivated me. Moura has a playful charm and Ramos has a quiet intensity, and their interactions are central to any success that "Lower City" may enjoy as a film. It's hard not to reference "Y Tu Mama Tambien"--a film that also depended on the likability of its cast and the ease of their relationships. Like the boys from "Y Tu Mama Tambien," the protagonists of "Lower City" both share and then are divided by a woman. Alice Braga does a wonderful job as the sexy centerpiece of this triangle.
So far, so good. But the thing that keeps "Lower City" from being a very good film are not the characters, but the characterizations. In truth, we know very little about the trio.Read more ›
What keeps this movie alive, besides the exoticism of setting yet another Brazilian movie in the northeast, are the characters. To my surprise, I found them to be quite sincere, authentic and likeable. I know (or rather, knew, since I am an old man now) kids like that. I grew up around kids like that.Read more ›
The film's title refers to the tropical city of Salvador da Bahia where the film was shot. The location was crucial to the production. The camera work of Toca Seabra brins the city to life. We feel the heat and decay. It becomes so that we almost smell the docks and the streets. Location filming can be a nightmare but in this film the location has the distinction of becoming another character in the film.
Brazilian filmaking is starting to become recognized. While this may not be the best Brazilian film of the last few years it certainly deserves a viewing. It should be noted that the film is fairly graphic and may offend some. In an interview with Machado he states that his film is about life. Here we get a life experience warts and all.
The Palm DVD offers the film in its original Portuguese with subtitles, a making of featurette that contains footage of Fatima Toledo preparing her actors for emotionally challenging performances; some deleted scenes that really do not add a lot to the presentation; and a more detailed feature on the rehearsal process.
This small film is well worth a rental and while not great shows the great strides that have been made in South American film making.
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I don't know why, but Cidade Baixa(Lower City) is one of my favourite movies made in Brazil....The story is raw and show a dark Salvador, far away from the light of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Fluminense Rio
I WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS FILM BECAUSE IT LACKED DEPTH OF THE CHARACTERS INVOLVED. IT WAS CHEESY WITH NO REAL STORY.Published on January 9, 2013 by Leanora Williams
Horrible movie- the characters go through sh** and back and the ending has no comfort. A lot of nudity, sex, and fighting. Read morePublished on October 23, 2009 by J. Portilla
I was fotunate to see this movie with Ms. Braga and director at the Miami Film Festival last February. Gritty? yes if you grew up in suburban America behind a mall. Read morePublished on September 16, 2006 by Santoguerreira