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Aquarius (15)


Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil.

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She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Boa Viagem Avenue, Recife. All the neighboring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future.

The critical consensus

At its heart is a rare, rounded, fiery portrait of a middle-aged woman, reflecting on her life, played with sensational flair and depth by one of Brazil's enduring legends.

****(*)Demetrios Matheou, The List, 20/03/2017

Wonderfully evocative of time and place, this considered assault on Brazil’s economic and ethical crises revolves around a majestic performance by Sonia Braga.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 15/03/2017

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

****(*)Ian Barr, Little White Lies, 21/03/2017

The Brazilian actor delivers her finest performance in this affecting tale of a woman defiantly refusing to move out of her flat while also determinedly pursuing a thrilling sex life.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/03/2017

Sônia Braga is outstanding as a woman refusing to be forced out of her Recife apartment in this powerful Brazilian satire.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 26/03/2017

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday March 24, 2017, until Thursday March 30, 2017. More info:

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday March 31, 2017, until Thursday April 6, 2017. More info:

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