O Cheiro do Ralo
|O Cheiro do Ralo|
|Directed by||Heitor Dhalia|
|Produced by||Heitor Dhalia
|Written by||Marçal Aquino
Lourenço Mutarelli (novel)
|Running time||112 minutes|
O Cheiro do Ralo is a 2006 Brazilian film based on a novel by Lourenço Mutarelli. It is directed by Heitor Dhalia, and stars Selton Mello. The film was produced by Geração Conteúdo, Primo Filmes & RT Features.
Lourenço is a lonely pawn shop owner. His work has made him insensitive to suffering of those who desperately seek to sell him their personal possessions. Lourenço's lack of emotions makes him deal with the world as a collection of objects to be bought. He begins to play power games with his customers, and derives pleasure from it.
Lourenço narrates the movie, and throughought the plot he reveals his growing lust for power. The name of the movie ("The Smell from the Drain") comes from an insistent bad odour that comes from the restroom in Lourenço's office. Lourenço's lust for power is symbolized by the smell from the drain in his office. The drain smells from his feces. He slowly comes to realize that the stench from the drain comes from him. Lourenço's life changes when he becomes infatuated with a local waitress, in particular her butt. Yet, her butt becomes yet another object to him, and as with any other object, he desires to possess it. In the end, he destroys the beauty of the woman's behind by paying her to see it.
- Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
- Mostra BR - São Paulo International Film Festival
- Best Film (Bandeira Paulista Award)
- Critic Award
- Special Mention to the Film's Cast
- O Cheiro do Ralo has been selected for the International Competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival
-  Robert Koehler. Drained movie review. Variety Sundance Festival reviews.