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Drained (2006)

O Cheiro do Ralo
Running time: 105 min. | Genre: Comedy, Dramatic Comedy
Drained

Synopsis

A young pawnshop owner becomes obsessed with his office’s backed-up drain, and the derrière of a young waitress, in this daring look at the perversity and madness found within us all. A Taxi Driver for the office set, Drained gives a refreshing Brazilian spin on the traditional literary anti-hero (think Dostoevsky’s Underground Man, or the works of Louis-Ferdinand Céline) as he browbeats customers, alienates friends, and tests the limits of the acceptable. Reigning over a kingdom of other people’s junk, the handsome Lourenço runs his pawnshop like a little Napoleon, bemusedly haggling with a procession of the desperate, the addicted, and the addled. His reign is disrupted by one thing: that horrid smell from his office toilet. But it’s an odor Lourenço starts to revel in, even as he takes refuge in the beautiful vision of a young waitress next door; more specifically, the beautiful vision of her backside. “Life isn’t easy,” Lourenço keeps repeating, but it gets even harder (and a whole lot stranger) as his world gradually boils down to little more than his job, the nauseating smell, and that derrière.

Nominations & Awards

Sundance Film Festival

Grand Jury Prize - Best Picture Drama (World Cinema)
NOMINATED

Details

Original title

O Cheiro do Ralo

Producer

Branca Filmes, Tristero Filmes, Geração Conteúdo

Running time

105 min.

Screenwriter

Marçal Aquino, Heitor Dhalia (Novela: Lourenço Mutarelli)

Music

Apollo

Cinematography

José Roberto Eliezer

Year

2006

Country

Brazil Brazil

 

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