Durval Records | Chicago Reader

Durval Records

The freewheeling rock-driven opening credits are in stark tonal contrast to the rest of this downbeat 2002 black comedy from Brazil about a fortysomething Sao Paolo music seller resisting the seismic shift from vinyl to digital, circa 1995. It's not just his preference for golden oldies that leaves Durval (Ary Franca) stuck in the past and a dead-end business; he's also a quintessential mama's boy, which makes him the perfect mark for a fetching new maid. Enter a charming but willful moppet, and what initially felt like a domestic sitcom morphs into a bleak absurdist parable of the dangers of passivity and denial. Anna Muylaert coscripted and directs. In Portuguese with subtitles. 96 min.

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