|Sun 25th June||7.45pm|
Dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Brazil / France | 2016 | 146 mins | Portuguese with English subtitles
Cast: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos
An icon of Brazilian cinema, Sonia Braga gives a career-crowning performance in Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s (Neighbouring Sounds) superlative Aquarius, a film exploring consumerism and corruption in contemporary Brazil. In oceanfront town Recife, retired music critic Clara (Braga) defies real estate developers attempting to force the sale of her apartment so they can replace it with a tower of luxury condos. At first seemingly a portrait of one woman, Filho’s gaze expands to take in modern Brazilian life at large in a story touching on Brazilian history, community, politics, class, racial divides, sexuality, culture and family. Superb.
“A rich and mysterious Brazilian story of societal disintegration” **** Peter Bradahaw, The Guardian
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