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Led by a powerful performance from Sônia Braga, Aquarius uses a conflict between a tenant and developers to take an insightful look at the relationship between space and identity.
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"Aquarius" is about a half-hour too long for the story it tells, yet it feels like a privilege to be in the presence of such a powerful character and such a quietly commanding performance.
This isn't a movie about a situation; it's a movie about a fully formed, red-blooded character dealing with a situation while also dealing with everything else.
This is a film more about the sacredness of our memories than the evil ways of gentrification, but skilled director Kleber Mendonca Filho is clearly interested in both.
Despite Sonia Braga's fierce performance as a woman of unbreakable determination and proud refinement, this drama by the Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho quickly lapses into sentimental attitudinizing.
"Aquarius" makes a compelling case for looking up from our ubiquitous distractions to take in the world around us - the one that we live in and, whether we're aware of it or not, lives in us.
Filho is a born filmmaker whose storytelling rarely follows expected narrative pathways, and "Aquarius" takes its sweet time, focusing on what appear to be inconsequential details and gradually building force by accretion.
Aquarius is a middling effort let down by some unresolved metaphors, but redeemed by Sônia Braga's verve.
The film is centered on Sonia Braga's unimpeachable performance, the best of the year, in a role that you'd imagine someone like Gena Rowlands' would've taken in the 70s and early 80s
A glorious Sonia Braga plays a widow up against developers trying to oust her from her cherished apartment.
Braga is fearless in her portrayal of Clara and mesmerising as the film meanders.
Aquarius is a lovely testament to the importance of not allowing capital values to encroach upon your history, your past, your heritage and your memories.
[Braga's] very presence inspires you to keep faith in your belief in what is right, and to find strength in resisting what you know to be wrong.
Sonia Braga delivers one of the best performances of her career in this exceptional story full of human warmth about people, memories and their intimate relationship with places/objects, exploring our sense of moral violation when we feel invaded in our own personal space.
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