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Estomago: A Gastronomic Story (2007)

Estômago (original title)
In the great restaurant of life, there are those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato finds an alternative way, a life of his own: he cooks in order to survive and find a place ... See full summary »


Marcos Jorge


Fabrizio Donvito (screenplay collaborator), Marcos Jorge (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
João Miguel João Miguel ... Raimundo Nonato / Rosmarino
Fabiula Nascimento Fabiula Nascimento ... Íria
Babu Santana Babu Santana ... Bujiú
Carlo Briani Carlo Briani ... Giovanni
Zeca Cenovicz Zeca Cenovicz ... Zulmiro
Paulo Miklos Paulo Miklos ... Etcetera
Jean Pierre Noher ... Duque
Andrea Fumagalli Andrea Fumagalli ... Francesco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betina Belli Betina Belli ... Dona da Pensão
Luiz Brambila Luiz Brambila ... Lambari
Ed Canedo Ed Canedo ... Travesti
Adriano Carvalhaes Adriano Carvalhaes ... Suely
Altamar Cezar Altamar Cezar ... Zé Português
Helder Clayton Helder Clayton ... Sequestro
Helder Clayton Helder Clayton ... Sequestro (as Helder Silva)


In the great restaurant of life, there are those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato finds an alternative way, a life of his own: he cooks in order to survive and find a place in society. He arrives in town without a penny in his pockets and starts working as help in a decadent bar, a nasty place, lost amid the urban desert. He sleeps in the storage room on the back, and under a cold neon light learns how to fry "pastel" and "coxinhas", outdoing his "master", Zulmiro, the owner of the bar. Nonato is ignorant, but talented. He knows how to work the kitchen, soon others realize it too. The first one to notice him, is Iria, a prostitute, who doesn't know how to cook but loves to eat and starts an affair with him. Then, Giovanni, the owner of the Boccaccio (an Italian restaurant in the neighborhood), offers Nonato a job as his apprentice. A turn of events results in Nonato spending time in prison. For the prisoners and their boss, the violent Bujiù, Nonato is a savior; in ... Written by Anonymous

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Bujiú: Hey Rosemary, why do you bring one dish at a time, man? Why don't you bring them all and sit your ass down?
Nonato: Because you can't mix it all in one plate. You must savor the flavors. One at a time. You must taste each ingredient, everything...
Lino: Why is that for? It'll all end up in my stomach, right? They'll get mixed up once inside.
Nonato: But you don't eat shit just because food turns into shit in your guts. Does anyone eat shit here?
Lambari: I never did, but... I made a loser eat some.
Suely: That's so gross! I'm eating ...
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Surprisingly good!
31 January 2016 | by mokonoSee all my reviews

This movie is worth it just for the camera work. There are so many scenes that just grab your emotions by the throat and jerk them around with how strong the image is. The camera captures trivial moments with such detail and delightful symphony that these details become overwhelming to the enchanted viewer.

The story is not really amazing or surprising, but the movie does a great job of making that irrelevant. It's a character movie that allows you to see how food moves a main character in its relations with the world. This main character, albeit simple, never ceases to surprise us with the quirky way he sees the world. Add a little bit of food magic, and you've got this movie wrapped up.

A simple thing, yet a joy to watch.

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Release Date:

11 April 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Estomago: A Gastronomic Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil See more »


Box Office


BRL800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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