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Directed by Heitor Dhalia
Produced by Heitor Dhalia
Joana Mariani
Marcelo Doria
Matias Mariani
Rodrigo Teixeira
Written by Marçal Aquino
Heitor Dhalia
Lourenço Mutarelli (novel)
Starring Selton Mello
Paula Braun
Lourenço Mutarelli
Sílvia Lourenço
Lorena Lobato
Alice Braga
Release dates
  • September 27, 2006 (2006-09-27) (Rio Film Festival)
  • March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23) (Brazil)
Running time
112 minutes
Country Brazil
Language Portuguese

Drained,[1] originally titled 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 the 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 throughout 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.

Festival career[edit]


  1. ^ a b [1] Robert Koehler. Drained movie review. Variety Sundance Festival reviews.

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