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While opening a small business always represents a perilous endeavour, the undertaking takes on particularly terrifying overtones in Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra's ambitious debut. When her husband Otávio finds himself unemployed, pressure mounts on Helena and her new grocery store to provide for the family. Alas, as soon as she opens her doors, things start going bump in the night, a black substance oozes up through the floor and a repellent mould spreads across a wall. In short, a sinister presence seems intent on making Helena's new enterprise a living hell.

Constantly amping up the menace, Rojas and Dutra also lavish their characters with persuasive complexity. Refreshingly, Helena is just as much a villainess as a victim here. As financial pressures mount, she grows increasingly monstrous with her employees, exploiting her underpaid maid and heaping suspicion on her staff. Meanwhile, we distressingly watch the increasingly emasculated Otávio wither before our eyes. That is, until he's offered an opportunity to reassert himself in a searing final scene.

Duration
1 min 26 sec

Views
5,604

Posted On
October 09, 2011
Director
Marco Dutra

Writer
Marco Dutra

Studio
Independent

Release
May 11, 2011
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