The disappearance of animals, a death in strange circumstances and the heavy rains that devastate the region have left the employees of the Slaughterhouse Olympus stunned. Located in a secluded area of the city, the slaughterhouse is bordered by a blood-colored river that serves as a dumping ground for the tailings of slaughtered animals. When the river overflows, making access to the site even more difficult, the routine of the employees Edgar, João and Aurélio is interrupted. During the morning shift, the three employees work on an exhaustive routine. At night, they pile up in old nets and mattresses scattered across the floor of the lodge. Only Edgar, the oldest official in the Slaughterhouse, often stays awake, stunned by the insistent but indiscernible noise coming from the space next door, where animals also crowd up to sleep, separated from the staff by a thin wooden wall.
Although quiet, the atmosphere in the slaughterhouse is heavy. The endless rains have been causing a strange behavior in the animals, leaving them agitated and aggressive. With the roads flooded and the company’s official truck out of service, the owner of the slaughterhouse, the asthmatic Mr. Olimpo, decides to outsource the service, hiring an outsider company to move the livestock to the next town. Once slaughtered, the pieces should arrive as fresh as possible at the hamburger factory, with whom Mr. Olimpo has a contract to honor. Although they have never eaten a burger in their lives, Edgar and João prepare the herd for transportation when they are surprised by Sidney, the nice truck driver who owns the carrier hired by Mr. Olympus. This would be the first time that Sidney is faced with a living load.
Even before the Sidney truck can leave with the cargo, an employee’s body is found near the water repository of the animals. It is not known exactly what killed him, but the expression of horror on his lifeless face is enough to warn the truck driver that strange things happen in that place.
On the road, the arid landscape of the Brazilian cerrado accompanies Sidney during the course. But what should be a quiet trip for the experienced driver, turns into a disturbing experience when unusual events unfold. An indigenous family of garbage pickers in search of food and a disillusioned Paraguayan prostitute are some of the characters of squalid lives and canceled histories that Sidney will encounter along the way, plagued by an unbearable noise that, like Edgar in the slaughterhouse, does not let her sleep.
Susana Costa Amaral
Susana Costa Amaral