Time takes it easy in São Romão, situated in a distant corner of Brazil. The river calmly follows its course, no one gets worked up. The young Branca is thinking about going to study somewhere else, but for now an important task keeps her at home: caring for her grandmother, who could use some company after her husband died.
Bastú is a vivacious 81-year-old, just like her old friend Maria, who cheers up every local feast with her music and singing. The neighbours find a lot of support from each other, but not even Maria has any answer to the apparitions that haunt Bastú.
Swirl includes several beautifully exciting music scenes, but excels primarily in its calm satisfaction. The filmmakers worked on their meticulous feature debut for six years. Their aim was realism, even though in São Romão that is coupled with a touch of magic. The actors are all amateurs who largely play themselves; their lives and memories are incorporated into this loving drama in which generation gaps fade and old and modern Brazil come together seamlessly.