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 ...
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Kleber Mendonça Filho
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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 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.
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 »
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 »
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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A good glance into the Brazilian urban everyday life
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.
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