Aquarius (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes

Aquarius (2016)



Critic Consensus: 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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Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, is the last resident of the Aquarius, one of the few buildings of its age and character that remains in a rapidly changing seaside Recife neighborhood. Now that the other apartments have been swept up by a company with ambitious plans for redevelopment, pressures to move on surround Clara from all sides. But she has pledged to leave only upon death, and will engage in a cold war with the developers to keep a home that has been a silent witness to her entire life. The resulting confrontation is mysterious, frightening and nerve-wracking, tingeing even Clara's most familiar routines with the tension of a thriller.

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Critic Reviews for Aquarius

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Sonia Braga is wonderful as a retired music writer who lives alone in a gorgeous old apartment by the sea in Recife, Brazil.

March 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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I mean no offence, and hope Brazilian film-maker Kleber Mendonça Filho takes none, when I say Aquarius could be a stage play.

March 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Indulgent, occasionally unwieldy, but put together with passion and verve.

March 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"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.

November 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 28, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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.

October 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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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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