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Invisible Life (2019)

A Vida Invisível (original title)
R | | Drama | 20 December 2019 (USA)
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Kept apart by a terrible lie and a conservative society, two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life each believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away.

Director:

Karim Aïnouz

Writers:

Murilo Hauser (screenplay), Martha Batalha (based on the book by: "A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Stockler ... Guida / Gisele
Carol Duarte ... Eurídice
Flávia Gusmão Flávia Gusmão ... Ana
António Fonseca ... Manoel
Hugo Cruz Hugo Cruz ... Feliciano
Nikolas Antunes Nikolas Antunes ... Iorgos
Maria Manoella Maria Manoella ... Zélia
Gregório Duvivier ... Antenor (as Gregorio Duvivier)
Samuel Toledo Samuel Toledo ... Plínio
Luana Xavier Luana Xavier ... Daisy
Nelson Ferreira Nelson Ferreira ... Dr. Assis
Andressa Cabral Andressa Cabral ... Amira
Lumi Kim Lumi Kim ... Nara
Shirley Cruz Shirley Cruz ... Leila
Bárbara Santos Bárbara Santos ... Filomena
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Storyline

Set in 1950s Rio de Janeiro, the film revolves around two sisters, living restricted lives with their conservative parents. However, each nourishes a passionate dream: Eurídice of becoming a renowned pianist; Guida of finding love. In a dramatic turn of events, they are separated and forced to live apart. They take control of their destinies, while never giving up hope of finding one another.

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A Tropical Melodrama by Karim Ainouz

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content/graphic nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »

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This film is in the Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films on Letterboxd. See more »

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A Powerful Tropical Tragedy
22 October 2019 | by ernestoloaizarealSee all my reviews

How much did our mothers and grandmothers suffer from the patriarchy? How much did they have to hide, supress and ignore to protect us from past abuses?

Karim Ainouz tells, in his emotional tropical melodrama, stories from a time when a woman was expected to be subordinate in every single aspect of her life. Guida and Eurídice, apart from each other, lived outrageous trajectories, and, unfortunately, with expressive scars that lasted until today. The lies of extremally conservative parents, the superb and envy of Eurídice's husband, the suffering in maternity, the crucial solidarity between desperate women - all of it built a strong indignation and, at last, everybody cries in the end: a real tragic one. Fernanda Montenegro is an acting gem.

With technical maestry, Karim's team guides the movie in a raw way. The cinematography of Hélène Louvart is outstanding capturing old, green and dirty Rio de Janeiro. Karim's directing choices are really touching and carry a whole bunch of social issues with flow. The cello and piano from Benedikt Schiefer are as unsettling as the character's obstacles.

I hope that when women (especially older ones) watch this movie, they identify themselves and keep fighting against the male authoritarianism, fighting for freedom. I hope that when men watch this movie, they identify in themselves traces of sexism to keep changing, to keep evolving and encouraging other ones to be better.

It's definitely an incredible and important movie that answers the questions above with some of the multiple possibilites, multiple realities that exist. It's a must see


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Country:

Brazil | Germany

Language:

Portuguese | Greek

Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invisible Life See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,127, 22 December 2019

Gross USA:

$146,535

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,766,249
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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