GenreComedy, Drama, Music Music directorAndre Abujamra Duration LanguagePortuguese
CastAry França (Durval), Etty Fraser (Carmita), Isabela Guasco (Kiki), Marisa Orth (Elisabeth), Letícia Sabatella (Célia), Rita Lee (Tia Julieta) Similar moviesMovies about Brazil, Movies about music, Comedies
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 sides, a reference to the film's homage to LPs.
Abujamra 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.
Durval discos trailer
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 (Etty Fraser) house. 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 a note asking them to take care of her for a few days. Durval and his mother become attached to Kiki, but soon discover she is actually the daughter of a wealthy family from the countryside who has been kidnapped.
Ary França as Durval
Etty Fraser as Carmita
Marisa Orth as Elisabeth
Letícia Sabatella as Célia
Rita Lee as Tia Julieta
Isabela Guasco as Kiki
André Abujamra as Fat Marley
Theo Werneck as DJ Theo
Regina Remencius as Mãe de Kiki
Marcelo Mansfield as salesman
Mestre Jonas - Os Mulheres Negras
Que Maravilha - Jorge Ben
Maracatu Atômico - Gilberto Gil
Madalena - Elis Regina
Irene - Caetano Veloso
Ovelha Negra - Rita Lee
Back In Bahia - Gilberto Gil
Alfômega - Caetano Veloso
Besta É Tu - Novos Baianos
Xica da Silva - Jorge Ben
London,London - Gal Costa
Pérola Negra - Luiz Melodia
Mestre Jonas - Sá, Rodrix & Guarabyra
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.