Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story ...
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While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.
Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Boa Viagem Avenue, Recife. All the neighboring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future.
Aquarius was again embroiled in controversy after critic Marcos Petrucelli, who was part of the special selection committee in charge of choosing Brazil's submission for the 2017's foreign-language Oscar race, made biased remarks on social media about director Kleber Mendonça Filho's politics - which was viewed as an attempt to keep the film from potentially representing the country at the ceremony. This resulted in an outrage where some resigned from the selection committee and directors withdrew their films from the submission process in protest to local politics interfering with the ability to fairly choose its candidate, such as Gabriel Mascaro (Boi Neon (2015)), Anna Muylaert (Mãe Só Há Uma (2016)) and Aly Muritiba (Para Minha Amada Morta (2015)). Brazil's Ministry of Culture remained silent about the matter and shortly after, the still unseen Pequeno Segredo (2016) was officially announced as the country submission to the 2017 Oscars, chosen among 16 other candidates. See more »
So when you like it, it's vintage; when you don't like it, it's old. Is that right? You guys don't know what it's like to feel crazy without being crazy and that the madness is out there, don't you? Another thing that's really crazy around here is that we're talking about money.
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Aquarius certainly deserves all the raves it's been getting. It's a well- rounded film with perfect acting from all actors especially Sonia Braga. I love her character in the film, Clara, her clout and courage, and the way Kleber Mendonça Filho constructed the film. I was deeply touched from beginning to end. Don't be misled by all the bad reviews made by resentful and bigoted ringt-wing Brazilians who didn't even see the film. The film has a political undertone but overall it's about a woman fighting for herself and her rights. A must-see for anyone who believes in justice, equality and the value of human life over the power of greed and money. Thank you Mr. Kleber Mendonça for helping us Brazilians restore our dignity through this beautiful piece of art.
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