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Invisible Life (2019)

A Vida Invisível (original title)

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Releases December 20, 2019
Two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life, each mistakenly believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away.

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Karim Aïnouz

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Murilo Hauser, Inés Bortagaray (Co-writer) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Julia Stockler ... Guida
Carol Duarte ... Eurídice
Flávia Gusmão Flávia Gusmão ... Ana
António Fonseca António Fonseca ... Manoel
Nikolas Antunes Nikolas Antunes ... Yorgos
Maria Manoella Maria Manoella ... Zélia
Gregório Duvivier ... Antenor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Flavio Bauraqui Flavio Bauraqui ... Detetive
Gillray Coutinho Gillray Coutinho ... Afonso
Fernanda Montenegro ... Eurídice
Cristina Pereira Cristina Pereira ... Cecília
Bárbara Santos Bárbara Santos ... Filomena
Marcio Vito ... Osvaldo
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Eurídice and Guida are two inseparable sisters living at home with their conservative parents in 1950's Rio de Janeiro. Although immersed in a traditional life, each one nourishes a dream: Eurídice of becoming a renowned pianist, Guida of finding true love. In a dramatic turn, they are separated by their father and forced to live apart. They take control of their separate destinies, while never giving up hope of finding each other.

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Brazil | Germany

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Portuguese | Greek

Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão See more »

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Brazil's official submission for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category at the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. Runner-up was Bacurau (2019). See more »

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rich in emotion and atmosphere
24 August 2019 | by mjfhhhSee all my reviews

Guida and Euidice are two sisters who could not be any more different. Euridice is tall, Guida is short. Euridice is focused, determined and working hard to become a professional pianist, Guida can't think about anything but boys. When a tragic incident separates them the girls are lost without each other but they never give up hope to meet again. A desperate search turns into a journey of a lifetime, when in fact the girls only live a few streets away from each other... will the sisters be able to reunite? And at what cost?

Based on a novel INVISIBLE LIFE offers a very typical plot for Brazilian cinema. Sisters separated by fate is a tagline straight from GLOBO tv channel soap operas that are so popular in Brazil. With a running time of 2h20min the pace is rather slow and the story takes its time to get going. Where the film succeeds is the atmosphere of the 40s Rio, with its walkways, restaurants, and its diminishing Portuguese middle class that can easily slip into extreme hardship and poverty.

Independent director Karim Ainouz is a Cannes darling but has never quite made it into the big league. This feels like a passion project for him and his love for Rio is obvious in every shot. Definitely not for everyone THE INVISIBLE LIFE is rich in emotion and atmosphere. Watch out for a small role from Brazilian acting royalty Fernando Montenegro. Her emotional gut wrenching cameo could be just the reason to see this overlong family saga.


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