Clara, 65, lives her life to the fullest with her family and friends. A construction company wants her Recife oceanfront condo, as they've already bought all the other in the 3 story building. Clara's staying.
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-storey 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.
Sonia Braga described her role as the best of her career. See more »
When Clara, who is annoyed by the noise from a party in the apartment above, decides to listen to a vinyl record, she picks up Queen's 1978 album "Jazz" and plays the second track, "Fat Bottomed Girls". But what is played is the shorter version of the song (released only as a single in 1978 and on the 1981 compilation "Greatest Hits") instead of the longer version from the album that is clearly shown spinning on the turntable. 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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