A simple cruise turns into a jealous battle for the affections of a sultry prostitute as the co-owners of a small cargo boat make their way down the Brazilian coastline in director Sergio Machado's stylish and sultry erotic drama. Deco (Lazaro Ramos) and Naldinho (Wagner Moura) are best friends who make their living by renting out their modest cargo boat. Approached by 20-year-old prostitute Karinna (Alice Braga) for a ride down the coast, the trio sets out into the waters with both Deco and Naldinho employing her professional services throughout the course of the journey. After a fateful knife fight at a Cachoeira cockfight leaves Naldinho struggling for his life, Deco finds himself slowly falling for Karinna as his badly wounded friend battles back from the brink of death. Though Karinna's relationship with Deco becomes increasingly intimate during Naldinho's convalescence, it doesn't take long for the kindly prostitute to realize that Deco isn't the only one with intentions of claiming her as his own. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
Three good performances from three photogenic actors does not a movie make, as proven by the Brazilian LOWER CITY, which begins well but has nowhere to go because director/co-writer Sergio Machado allows it nowhere to go. He pins the whole film around the old story of a female coming between two men (even though she does try her darndest to make things right). Nice local color and lots of violence may help certain audience members to weather the slough. For the rest of us, it's finally too tiresome a journey. Sonia Braga's daughter Alice co-stars (a career beckons), along with the compulsively watchable Lazaro Ramos ("Madame Sata," "Carandiru") and Wagner Mura ("The Man of the Year" and "The Three Marias").
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.