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O Cheiro do Ralo (2006)

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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Heitor Dhalia
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Cast

Credited cast:
Selton Mello ... Lourenço
Paula Braun Paula Braun ... Garconete
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paulo Alves Paulo Alves ... PM 1
Susana Alves Susana Alves ... Samanta Rose
Roberto Audio Roberto Audio ... Homem da Flauta
Flavio Bauraqui Flavio Bauraqui ... Homem da Caixa de Música
Boi Boi ... Mendigo
Alice Braga ... Garçonete Dois
Calico Calico ... Homem da Perna
Jorge Cerruti Jorge Cerruti ... Homem do Olho de Vidro
Milhem Cortaz ... Encanador
Thobias da Vai-Vai Thobias da Vai-Vai ... Caixa da lanchonete
Wolney de Assis Wolney de Assis ... Homem da Caneta
Estevan Estevan ... Homem do Autógrafo
Abrahão Farc 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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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

23 March 2007 (Brazil) See more »

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Budget:

BRL 300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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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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Weird and Unpleasant Tale
3 May 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Lourenço (Selton Mello) is a dealer that buys belongings of needy people by a lower price to profit reselling them. He is a deranged, cold and selfish man that sees people like objects for sale, exploiting their needs. When he meets the waitress of a cheap diner, he falls in love for her butt and does not know what to do when she shows affection for him. He believes that the smell of the sewer strainer of his bathroom is blurring his mind and is a gateway to hell, but refuses to pay for its repair. When a junkie client abused by the power of his money reacts, the world of the controller Lourenço begins to fall apart.

"O Cheiro do Ralo" is a weird and unpleasant tale of the insanity process of a man completely obsessed by the power of his money. The Kafkaesque story is intriguing but unfortunately goes nowhere and has a pointless end. Selton Mello, as usual, has a magnificent performance but the situations are repetitive and this low-budget Brazilian movie is too long. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Cheiro do Ralo" ("The Smell of the Sewer Strainer")


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