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.
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 (Neon Bull (2015)), Anna Muylaert (Don't Call Me Son (2016)) and Aly Muritiba (To My Beloved (2015)). Brazil's Ministry of Culture remained silent about the matter and shortly after, the still unseen Little Secret (2016) was officially announced as the country submission to the 2017 Oscars, chosen among 16 other candidates. 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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An Emotional and Intimate Journey to the Heart and Family of An Iconic Woman
Aquarius is an emotional and dramatic saga, featuring Clara in her fight for her apartment. In a world of expansive corporate engineering practices, Clara fights and hard for what she had and inherited.
Emotionally, Aquarius runs as a mix of drama and thriller. The film it leaves the viewer on edge at times, witnessing the covert tension Clara herself experienced and the engineers placed on her. The film's ending is unique and ending, so expect to ponder how the heck a resolution would be reached ultimately.
Besides plot twists, Aquarius also portrays the intimate experiences of Clara, her love for Brazilian and international music. It features a nice selection of songs and rhythms.
Finally, Aquarius also gives voice aspects of Brazilian society, such as the class division, and the shared experience of light in a coastal city, almost in passage, but beautifully.
In sum, It is an emotional, long, and intimate journey into the heart and experiences of an iconic and unforgettable woman. It may feel long at times and slow, but it is sure to pick up later on. It is a hard film to watch, but one superbly acted and edited.
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