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Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 23 March 2007 (Brazil)
A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals--as much to play perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control.

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Credited cast:
... Lourenço
Paula Braun ... Garconete
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paulo Alves ... PM 1
Susana Alves ... Samanta Rose
Roberto Audio ... Homem da Flauta
Flavio Bauraqui ... Homem da Caixa de Música
Boi ... Mendigo
... Garçonete Dois
Calico ... Homem da Perna
Jorge Cerruti ... Homem do Olho de Vidro
... Encanador
Thobias da Vai-Vai ... Caixa da lanchonete
Wolney de Assis ... Homem da Caneta
Estevan ... Homem do Autógrafo
Abrahão Farc ... Homem dos Soldadinhos
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A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals--as much to play perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control.

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Drained  »

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BRL 300,000 (estimated)
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The protagonist walks throughout the gate of Juventus Club that is a traditional Soccer team from São Paulo Brazil. See more »

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References The Getaway (1972) See more »

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A sarcastic metaphor
15 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

A great film! More than a great movie it's a very good metaphor to the materialistic and "cold" society we have nowadays, never caring about people's feelings, but about money and power through money instead. The film is full of irony and sarcastic humor and criticizes very well those people who think they can buy everything with their money, even other people. Even the title (which literary translated means "The smell of the drain") is sarcastically humorous and a metaphor to characterize such people, without any character, scrupulous, or even feelings!

The acting by Selton Mello, which plays LOURENÇO, the main character, is excellent! The whole plot is around his character but he does it very well, because he can really be an annoying and irritating character (having that personality I did refer before). The work done by Paula Braun is also very good (and, by the way, she's beautiful!), but I must say I didn't like very much to watch her character fall into LOURENÇO's will, I mean, at the end she does exactly what he wants her to do, when before she had shown a strong character refusing his "indecent proposal": receive some money to show her ass! Of course it's a way this movie has to show us that in this "rotten society" money can really buy anything, and even change people's mind; but I didn't appreciate to watch this changing in the "GARÇONETE" character anyway.

The soundtrack is also fine.

It's a very simple movie, but works very well as a metaphor, so I score it 8/10.


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