7.5/10
15,188
35 user 159 critic

Aquarius (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 2016 (Brazil)
Trailer
1:36 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

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 »
37 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The lives of the residents of a Brazilian apartment building and the security guards who get the job guarding the surrounding streets.

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Stars: Ana Rita Gurgel, Caio Almeida, Maeve Jinkings
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Director: Anna Muylaert
Stars: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas
Green Vinyl (2004)
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mother gives Daughter a box full of old, colored little vinyl records. Daughter may listen to them, but she should never, ever, play the green one.

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Stars: Verônica Alves, Ivan Soares, Gabriela Souza
Brainstorm (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »

Director: Laís Bodanzky
Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Cássia Kis
Cold Tropics (2009)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In tropical Recife, in northeastern Brazil, temperatures drop to impossible lows and the inhabitants have to adapt. This 'mockumentary' gradually turns critical, looking at the climate, ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Stars: Rodrigo Riszla, Andrés Schaffer
Neon Bull (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Iremar works at the rodeo in North East of Brazil. From his home, the truck used to transport the animals, he dreams of a future in the region's booming clothing industry.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Stars: Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Josinaldo Alves
Bacurau (2019)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A filmmaker decides to travel to a village in the interior of Brazil to make a documentary. As days go by, he begins to discover that the locals are not exactly what they appear to be and hide dangerous secrets.

Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho
Stars: Udo Kier, Sônia Braga, Barbara Colen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After discovering the truth about being stolen by the woman he thought was his mother as a child, Pierre (AKA Felipe) must deal with the consequences of his mother's actions and must try to cope with his biological family.

Director: Anna Muylaert
Stars: Naomi Nero, Daniel Botelho, Dani Nefussi
Edit

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
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

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 »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After the whole controversy revolving the film's selection as a possible nominee for the 2017's Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category, the North America distributor Vitagraph Films decided to release an independent campaign for the movie qualify for the major categories, with a focus on lead actress nomination for Sônia Braga. Although many news outlets were highly favorable of her performance, even naming Braga as a possible nominee, the film wasn't nominated in any category due to the fact that Vitagraph Films failed to file the proper paperwork to make the film up for an Oscar nomination. 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.
See more »

Connections

References Hair (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Escuta Nelson
Written by Carolina Fernandes (as Carol Fernandes)
Itaity Publicidade, Gentilmente Cedido Pela Famíilia do Autor
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A good glance into the Brazilian urban everyday life
3 September 2016 | by tarsosaSee all my reviews

Aquarius is an interesting film, which has a good photography and a beautiful soundtrack, besides a compelling performance of the cast. Sonia Braga is great, playing a mature woman who stands for her rights and opinions. The story is shot in Recife and slowly presents the almost silent tug of war between Clara (Sonia) and the construction company. They want Clara sells them her apartment - the last one to be sold in the whole building - for the construction of a new property. The development of the characters is good, Kleber Mendonça Filho finds the correct pace for telling us Clara's story, so we can see why is so important to her to stay living in that place. In the other side, we have enough clues of how bad the other people fight against Clara, because there's real money and other interests involved. Although I think it worths watching, I recognize it is not a film for everyone; maybe some details only can be truly understood for people who has spent some time living in Brazil. I refer to the almost invisible social war between wealthy and poor people, represented in many subtle dialogues, gestures, and eye contact among characters. That's why I don't give 10, as a warning for non-Brazilian spectators.


39 of 62 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed