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Cidade Baixa|Lower City

Prevails in a litany of sordid misdeeds
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 9, 2006
2.0 2.0 Stars

Hot sex has seldom seemed as wearisome as in Brazilian director Sérgio Machado’s film: it just streams sweat, and it looks uncomfortable. Neither are the participants especially appealing. Hard-bitten young prostitute Karinna (Alice Braga) offers sex in exchange for transport to Salvador to a pair of macho shitheads, Deco (Lázaro Ramos) and Naldinho (Wagner Moura), who own a boat. She’s not the type to get romantic, and the two guys are not the kind to let a little pussy break up a lifelong friendship, but when Naldinho takes a shiv in the gut for Deco and Karinna nurses him back to life, a dreary ménage-à-trois evolves. The director indulges in hand-held camera work and gratuitous local color, but the story’s trite noirish roots numbingly prevail in a litany of sordid misdeeds and treacheries. At times it seems Machado, who scripted Madame Satã, is about to pursue his two heroes’ evident homo-eroticism, but maybe it was just too hot to make the effort.

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