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Aquarius Rated 18


Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho. Brazil/France, 2016. 2h 26m. Portuguese/subs. Starring Sonia Braga, Humberto Carrão, Irandhir Santos, Maeve Jinkings, Pedro Queiroz, Julia Bernat, Zoraide Coleto.

A 65-year-old widowed music critic refuses to leave her home of nearly 40 years when developers try to buy her out of her seafront apartment. Sonia Braga excels in the transfixing second feature from the director of Neighbouring Sounds.

‘Braga has been presented with an uncommonly dense and multi-faceted role here, and she plunges into it with a kind of glossy-maned, leonine majesty, investing the character with a hard-won dignity that often has you stifling a cheer, but also exploring her flaws in gripping fashion.’ ★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

‘Aquarius is a character study as well as a shrewd meditation on the needless transience of place and the way physical space elides with our identity.’ Jay Weissberg, Variety