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Aquarius (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 2016 (Brazil)
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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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sônia Braga ... Clara (as Sonia Braga)
Maeve Jinkings ... Ana Paula
Irandhir Santos ... Roberval
Humberto Carrão ... Diego
Zoraide Coleto Zoraide Coleto ... Ladjane
Carla Ribas ... Cleide
Fernando Teixeira Fernando Teixeira ... Geraldo
Buda Lira Buda Lira ... Antonio
Paula De Renor Paula De Renor ... Fátima (as Paula de Renor)
Barbara Colen ... Clara em 1980 (as Bárbara Colen)
Daniel Porpino Daniel Porpino ... Adalberto / Rodrigo
Pedro Queiroz Pedro Queiroz ... Tomás
Germano Melo Germano Melo ... Martin
Julia Bernat Julia Bernat ... Julia
Thaia Perez Thaia Perez ... Tia Lucia em 1980
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Storyline

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.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Brazil | France

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1 September 2016 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquarius See more »

Filming Locations:

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

BRL 2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,129, 16 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$285,930, 18 November 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sonia Braga described her role as the best of her career. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Clara: I survived cancer. More than 30 years ago, you know? And these days I've been thinking about something. I'd rather give you cancer than having it myself.
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Connections

References Barry Lyndon (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Dois Navegantes
Written by Almir De Oliveira Rodrigues
Performed by Ave Sangria
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Elegant, insightful and intelligent
15 February 2017 | by vasco_cidSee all my reviews

Quiet, precise and profoundly critical, Aquarius is a sharp depiction of an ever changing, ever adapting Brazilian society, increasingly subject to a disproportionate capitalism that is bulldozing over identity, history and sentiment.

Split into three chapters - one of them construed as a prologue - there would not be a better way of introducing who this(ese) character(s) is(are) and setting up what their nature is, what motivates them and what kind of culture, family values and roots they hold throughout. Led by a powerful and heartfelt performance by Sónia Braga that single-handedly carries the film, meticulously embodying all of the character's traits in her continuous struggles with motherhood, disease, change and most importantly time lapse. Her artistic preferences and passions show how a deeply and typically traditional society can still honor and maintain their culture while not being averse to technology, change and evolution.

At the end of the day, Aquarius is an elegant tale of how opinions and values change with time and how easily the current generation might be bent and influenced by money and greed and how that greed can easily stampede over traditionalism. A definite must see.


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