Kleber Mendonça Filho (2016)

Sônia Braga, Irandhir Santos, Maeve Jinkings Rated 18 Run time 146 mins

Nominated for the Palme d’Or and Queer Palm at Cannes 2016

After surviving cancer and the loss of her husband retired music critic Clara (Braga) doesn’t let herself be bullied by the inducements or insidious charms of Diego (Humberto Carrão), and his powerful real-estate firm. Diego tries everything in his power to force Clara out of her home, including hosting a noisy orgy in the suite above hers. But when she starts pushing back secrets are revealed exposing the corruption that infects so much big business in Brazil.

Tackling economic diversity head-on the latest film from Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho is anchored by a truly extraordinary performance from Braga who radiates courage and independence.

97% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.6/10 – IMDB

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

“”Aquarius” is a character study as well as a shrewd meditation on the needless transience of place and the way physical space elides with our identity.”

Film of the week: Aquarius puts Sonia Braga in the belly of elite Brazil – BFI

Aquarius’ Kleber Mendonça Filho interview: ‘We are Brazil’s most prestigious film in many years’ – The Independent