Aquarius (I) (2016)

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Clara, 65, lives her life to the fullest with her family and friends. A construction company wants her Recife oceanfront condo, as they've already bought all the other in the 3 story building. Clara's staying.




  • Sônia Braga and Fernando Teixeira in Aquarius (2016)
  • Sônia Braga in Aquarius (2016)
  • Sônia Braga in Aquarius (2016)
  • Aquarius (2016)
  • Sônia Braga in Aquarius (2016)
  • Aquarius (2016)

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3 September 2016 | tarsosa
| A good glance into the Brazilian urban everyday life
Aquarius is an interesting film, which has a good photography and a beautiful soundtrack, besides a compelling performance of the cast. Sonia Braga is great, playing a mature woman who stands for her rights and opinions. The story is shot in Recife and slowly presents the almost silent tug of war between Clara (Sonia) and the construction company. They want Clara sells them her apartment - the last one to be sold in the whole building - for the construction of a new property. The development of the characters is good, Kleber Mendonça Filho finds the correct pace for telling us Clara's story, so we can see why is so important to her to stay living in that place. In the other side, we have enough clues of how bad the other people fight against Clara, because there's real money and other interests involved. Although I think it worths watching, I recognize it is not a film for everyone; maybe some details only can be truly understood for people who has spent some time living in Brazil. I refer to the almost invisible social war between wealthy and poor people, represented in many subtle dialogues, gestures, and eye contact among characters. That's why I don't give 10, as a warning for non-Brazilian spectators.

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Aquarius was again embroiled in controversy after critic Marcos Petrucelli, who was part of the special selection committee in charge of choosing Brazil's submission for the 2017's foreign-language Oscar race, made biased remarks on social media about director Kleber Mendonça Filho's politics - which was viewed as an attempt to keep the film from potentially representing the country at the ceremony. This resulted in an outrage where some resigned from the selection committee and directors withdrew their films from the submission process in protest to local politics interfering with the ability to fairly choose its candidate, such as Gabriel Mascaro (Neon Bull (2015)), Anna Muylaert (Don't Call Me Son (2016)) and Aly Muritiba (To My Beloved (2015)). Brazil's Ministry of Culture remained silent about the matter and shortly after, the still unseen Little Secret (2016) was officially announced as the country submission to the 2017 Oscars, chosen among 16 other candidates.


Clara: I survived cancer. More than 30 years ago, you know? And these days I've been thinking about something. I'd rather give you cancer than having it myself.


When Clara, who is annoyed by the noise from a party in the apartment above, decides to listen to a vinyl record, she picks up Queen's 1978 album "Jazz" and plays the second track, "Fat Bottomed Girls". But what is played is the shorter version of the song (released only as a single in 1978 and on the 1981 compilation "Greatest Hits") instead of the longer version from the album that is clearly shown spinning on the turntable.


Quinteto de Madeiras No 1 (Granola) /Lento Melancholico
Written by
Mateus Alves
Courtesy of M. Alves


Plot Summary




Release Date:

1 September 2016



Country of Origin

Brazil, France

Filming Locations

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

Box Office


BRL2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,129 16 October 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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