The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão

Karim Ainouz (2019)

Julia Stockler, Carol Duarte, Flavia GusmaoRated 15

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A winning entry at Cannes and Brazil’s entry for ‘Best Foreign Film’ at the Oscars.

Set in 1950’s Rio inseparable sisters live at home with their conservative parents. Although immersed in a traditional life they each have a private dream; Euridice of becoming a pianist, Guida of finding love. But when they are forced to live apart, they must take control of their private destinies, while never giving up hope of finding each other. Ainouz’s wonderfully sympathetic portrait of two very different women is also a keen-eyed study of a profoundly patriarchal society where dreams are routinely dashed and freedoms denied. The ravishing cinematography and the very sensitive use of music eloquently evoke the sisters’ inner lives, while the performances are top-notch throughout. Not to be missed.

93% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.8/10 – IMDB

“By the end, you will feel like you’ve been somewhere, and you know these people. Guida and Euridice just might stay with you for a long time.”

“It’s a drama of resilient women, thoughtless men and crushingly unrealized dreams, told with supple grace, deep feeling and an empathy that extends in every direction.”

Film review: The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao – Variety