Durval Discos

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Durval Discos
Durval-discos-poster02.jpg
Directed by Anna Muylaert
Produced by Sara Silveira
Maria Ionescu
Written by Anna Muylaert
Starring Ary França
Etty Fraser
Marisa Orth
Isabela Guasco
Letícia Sabatella
Music by André Abujamra
Cinematography Jacob Solitrenick
Edited by Vânia Debs
Production
company
Dezenove Som e Imagens
África Filmes
Distributed by Europa Filmes
MAM Filmes
Running time
96 minutes
Language Portuguese
Budget R$1.5 million[1]
Box office R$406,930[2]

Durval Discos is a 2002 Brazilian film by Anna Muylaert shot in Pinheiros, a borough of São Paulo. The film is noticeable for its soundtrack made up of 1970s Brazilian music that reflects the protagonist's taste as he is himself a hippie, as well as André Abujamra's original score, more present in the film's second, darker half. The shift of mood from the first part to the second was advertised as life's A and B side, a reference to the film's homage to LPs.

Abujamra himself makes a small comical appearance as the character Fat Marley and Brazilian rock singer Rita Lee also has a brief cameo as an eccentric customer who forgets to take the vinyl she has just bought. Some of the records shown in the store include Caetano Veloso's white, signed 1969 album and Tim Maia's Racional, a two-volume album highly sought in Brazil due to its cult status.

Plot[edit]

In the late 1990s, Durval (Ary França) is a middle-aged man who owns a record store in the first floor of his overbearing mother's house (Etty Fraser). A typical hippie, Durval refuses to sell CDs despite the decline in customers. He notices his mother is not giving as much attention to cooking and house chores as she once did and suggests they hire a maid, a task which is tricky since they are only willing to pay 100 reais. A young woman (Letícia Sabatella) finally appears willing to take on the job, but disappears after one day. They soon discover that she left a little girl called Kiki and note asking them to take care of her for a couple of days. Durval and his mother become attached to Kiki, but soon discover that Kiki is actually the daughter of a wealthy family from the countryside who has been kidnapped.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Tim Maia's Immunização Racional (Que Beleza) does not appear in the soundtrack album, but is present in the film.

The song "Mestre Jonas", present in the film's opening sequence, relates to the film's story through its lyrics. In the song, Jonas lives inside a whale, which acts as a protection shell (in an allusion to the biblical story of Jonah). Similarly, Durval refuses to move on with the times or move out of his mother's house.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Na tela, a hora e a vez do vinil". O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Grupo Estado. August 20, 2002. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Filmes Brasileiros Lançados - 1995 a 2013" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Ancine. p. 32. Archived from the original on June 16, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 

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