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Estômago (Stomach) is a Brazilian film of 2007, about a northeasterner immigrant that goes to an ummaned southern city pennyless and makes his living as an unpaid cook at a shaggy cantina in the city. The film alternates between his time in prison, shown as the present, and his past life in the past, still as a cook, and what leads him to commit a crime that would lead to his incarceration. This work has examples of:

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  • Adorkable: Nonato, especially towards Iris.
  • Affably Evil: Nonato/Alecrim, towards the end.
  • Almost Kiss: More of aborted kiss, as Iris would not kiss Nonato as she views him as another client or friend with benefits.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Nonato´s encyclopedic knowledge and love for expositions can be a sing for some kind of autism or Savant syndrome.
  • Anti-Villain: One could see Nonato/Alecrim as that: he becomes evil as a reaction to people around him trying to use him for their own ends, without any consideration for his feelings or well being.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Or else, Break-in, Robbing, and Double Murder, in the finale: Nonato breaks in the restaurant without authorization, peeps at his boss and his lover, drinks his special birthday wine, and then...
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Sort of. Alecrim prevails over the prison hierarchy, but becomes a complete sociopath in the end.
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  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nonato/Alecrim can be easily underestimated for being an dork looking, frail man.
  • Bigger Bad: The mob boss Etcetera and his band.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Most people in the film act out of their own interests, and even the informed criminals(and the slaver) aren´t shown doing anything more offensive than using coarse language and menacing to beat Nonato/Alecrim for something wrong he does. Nonato, in the other way, becomes first a passional and then a cold murderer in the end of the movie.
  • Blatant Lies: You know...Seu Zulmiro pays me full work benefits... You want benefits? A benefit is telling Seu Zulmiro to go fuck himself!
  • Break the Cutie: Nonato starts as a really nice person in the start of the movie. In the ending, not so much...
  • Brick Joke: The coxinha of Seu Zulmiro.
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  • Chef of Iron: If not a true fighter, Nonato can withstand rough punishment from life itself.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The ingredients and abilities that Nonato is using in his free life, later turn useful for becoming the prison´s cook and taking Bujiú´s place in the top.
  • Death by Origin Story: Nonato goes incarcerated and becomes Alecrim after his double murder.
  • Deconstruction: Sort of a desconstruction of toth underdog becomes sucessful entrepeneur,cooking movies, and prison movies. The underdog suceeds by destroyng any signs of humanity inside himself, and the glamour of reastaurantry is toned down with some of its more realistic aspects. In the prison, the most violent prisioners are indeed the ones who predominate, but the power of money and social influence is shown to be so or more strong than mere muscle.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Nonato sees Iris french-kissing his boss.
  • The Dog Bites Back: What Nonato does, with growing prejudice and maliciouness, against Seu Zulmiro, Seu Giovanni and Iris, and lastly, to Bujiú.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Nonato/Alecrim.
  • Downer Ending/Bittersweet Ending: The Bad Guy Wins in the end and is shown planning on killing all his way in the underworld hierarchy until the very top.
  • Dream Team: Written, directed, and produced by Director Marcelo Jorge, with writing by Lusa Silvestre, and some well known Brazilian actors.
  • Evil Feels Good: Alecrim grows to really like murdering people treacherously.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: Nonato drinks a entire bottle of wine for getting the courage for his first crime.
  • Genre-Busting: A psychological-entrepeneurial-cooking-prisional-noir-surrealistic, existentialist thriller and drama.
  • Heroic BSoD: Nonato on seeing Iris and Giovanni together.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Nonato´s mother, who is mentioned having come to tennd for him, but not appearing in film.
  • Foreshadowing: When Nonato is working for Giovanni, the later tells the former that the filet mignon is the best part of beef, comparing it to a woman's butt. The climax reveals that after killing Giovanni and Iris in bed, Nonato cut off a piece of Iris' butt like a filet mignon and cooked it.
  • Love Triangle: Its not stated that Iria loves neither Nonato nor Giovanni: she just likes to hang by him, of food, and of men with power and ability at food making. It just happens that Seu Giovanni is a even better cook than Nonato, or a good cook THAT also is somewhat rich and powerful.
  • Meaningful Name: Or Nicknames.
    • Raimundo Nonato: Was as catholic saint who fought against slavery, and went to jail himself, where he was able to convert other prisioners and some guards to his faith, and got canonized after being rescued from the Turks and dying from exaustion for the mistreatment he suffered.
    • The second name of the Saint, Nonnatus, also means not born in Latin: Nonato can ben considered not born for being a pariah both in the big city and when he first arrives in prison.
    • Alecrim, or Rosemary: Its a name for a kitchen herb. Ironically, it´s said to be related with love and rememberance.
    • Kidnapping, because he was arrested for just that.
    • Bujiú(maybe because he looks like a Howler Monkey, or Bugio in Portuguese).
  • Mega Manning: How Nonato (d)evolves from a simple immigrant to a Deadly Chef.
  • Mystery Meat: Nonato tries to impress Bujiú by preparing a ant crumb after learning about a Colombian recipe by another prisioner. The boss at first likes it, then asks IATE What and promply beats Rosemary for it.
    • In the great dinner for Etctéra, his attempts to serve carpaccio and explain a wine bouquet almost result in the same impression by the guests, with Bujiú ordaining him to COOK the carpaccio and serving jail-made liquor while only Nonato and a gay/transgender couple drinks any wine.
    • Awesomeness by Analysis: Nonato is implied to learn about some ingredients and preparations seeing them being used only once. (Or, he researches more about them offscreen and train hard on them...)
    • Victor Gains Loser Powers: Seu Zulmiro defeats Nonato and uses his super-cooking to pimp up his cantina with him as a slave. Nonato learns how preparing Brazilian pastry from him and then dumps him for a real job. Seu Giovanni makes Nonato his Dragon at the kitchen and teaches him about haute cuisine and fine ingredients, and Iris teaches Nonato about sex and deceitfulness, after what he kills then and literally eats Iris vitality. Then he goes to jail and becomes Alecrim, where he defeats the other inmates in relative importance, for finally defeating the Big Boss himself, gaining his 'brawn powers and jail 'respect for himself.
  • Mood Motif: The background music, especially done to match with Nonato/Alecrim feelings.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Both in the case of Nonato and Rosemary, doubling as a sort of How We Got There.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Dr. Horrible, at the end of Act II as he starts singing "Brand New Day."
  • Reality Ensues: When Dr. Horrible announces his plans to attack the mayor on his blog, he is easily thwarted by the police and Captain Hammer because... he
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • When Nonato is first imprisoned by Seu Zulmiro and introduced to the prison: the two doors are shot as the same one.
    • —> Seu Zulmiro/Seu Giovani: Its like a women´s bunda..'' And then, guess what piece of meat Nonato literally cooks before he is arrested...
    • Bujiú´s name (Howler?) maybe can be an indicative of his position as the top monkey inside the cell hierarchy.
  • Sanity Slippage: What happens to Nonato.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: The soundtrack accompanies the Heroic Breakdown of Nonato and his Split Personality moments, and even plays drunkenly when he drinks jail-made liquor with the other inmates.
  • Sarcasm Mode:
    Rosemary: The doctors said that Bujiú died of a virosis. I just thoght it was because of the poison that I slipped in his special feijoada.
  • Spiritual Successor: Well...
  • Split-Personality Takeover: The entire movie can be interpreted as the socipathic and evil Rosemary personality taking over the humble and defensive Nonato one.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Nonato stalks Iris to Seu Giovani´s restaurant, when he had other sexual and maybe love options around.
  • Start of Darkness: Well...
  • Secret Ingredient: The ant crumb. And the final feijoada for Bujiú...
  • Supreme Chef: How Nonato views Seu Giovanni, and what he arguably is. What Nonato becomes thnaks to his innate genius and Mega Manning.
  • Villainous Breakdown: More like a Start of Darkness, when Nonato is technically still a hero, when he sees Iris and Seu Giovanni making out.
  • Villain Protagonist: Or else, how a Hero and Cosmic Plaything becomes a Villain.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Nonato tries to impress the other inmates by naming himself Nonato Shivblade but ends up being named Rosemary because of a kitchen herb. And manages to kill the cell boss under that name and the resulting reputation.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Not show onscreen all the time, but Rosemary asks Bujiú to procure food through the black market for him to prepare. Somewhat literally, in the scenes where Nonato learns from his masters and when he gets fun with the other prisioners. And literally when he goes first with Seu Giovani and then with Iris to the grocery fair of the town.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: How Nonato attracts people and then makes them get offguard to him.
  • Team Chef: What Rosemary becomes in jail.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Iris gets interested in the dorky Nonato because of his good cooking.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Nonato´s superpower of incredible cooking and enciclopedic knowledge about gastronomy are basically his only powers against two greedy capitalists (and a not so kind hooker) with more money and foreknowledge than himself, and then in a cell where even the weakest prisioner could easily beat the crap out(or shiv off his lungs) of him. He does prevail over them all in the end.
  • Your Favorite: How Bujiú meets his demise.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Rosemary does this somewhat amicably to Seu Zulmiro when he returns to his cantina.
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