Vitalina Varela 2020

Vitalina Varela

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Rigorous and beautifully composed, Vitalina Varela is a quietly absorbing drama whose placid surface belies hidden depths.

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A woman moves from Cape Verde to her deceased husband's shack on the outskirts of Lisbon.

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Critic Reviews for Vitalina Varela

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (1)

  • The enduring paradox of Costa's work is that this setting has its own irresistible glamour, reminiscent of fashion photography; the people he films are his models.

    August 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Vitalina Varela is demanding, rewarding, and ineffably stirring.

    March 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Almost all of the film takes place at night, except the very end, when there is daylight and even sunlight. The result is weirdly moving.

    March 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Costa remains a master of digital chiaroscuro, of political ghost stories - and of the lives other films leave outside the frame.

    March 4, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Rich, mysterious, rigorous and generous.

    March 4, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Costa rejects voyeurism and condescension in favor of a form of storytelling solidarity with his actors, one where there's no buffer of irony, no distancing effects.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…

    Dave White

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