“Aquarius” is a movie with a message, a portrait of a strong woman who stands for knowing the past and enjoying the present. The bad guys come from a construction company and personify the greed and neglect of personal and historical values. Although it’s easy to morally agree with the message, the movie feels self-righteous and goes too easy on the protagonist. Otherwise a very solid film with a great main actress.
I wanted to give it a 4, but there's something off about the film. There's lots of good things, the acting, the plot, the past scenes, the love scenes and many many more, like the music and all. But it came to a point for me that it got repetitive and it didn't need more explanation, for example the children scene convincing her to move, not needed, we had got it. Otherwise, super solid and a great film almost 4!
Ageing is like a old record bought in a second hand shop. It carries knowledge, stories. It's like a message in a bottle. Even if it's old, is sound absolutely beautiful on the record player, as good as if you were listening to it with a model iPod, or even better. We live in a time where old is often scene as derogative adjective. It is not. Sonia Braga is the embodiment of ageing with class and strenght.
Sonia Braga! Oh My! I seriously don't understand how she wasn't nominated for any major awards. She is sly and sensual, disciplined and dynamic in the way she delivers a complex performance at the centre of this candid yet powerful film, which is both Brazilian AND GLOBAL.
Sonia Braga is an unstoppable force in this film, which is not only an examination of the permanence of memory and history in objects and structures, but a tribute to the resilience of women and the importance of female sexuality as well. All of these concepts converge to create an evocative portrait of gentrification and resistance.
An equally great follow-up to Neighbouring Sounds that maintains the same parsimonious hoarding of ambiguity. Braga's performance as the formidable hold-out Clara brings an unexpected freshness to a fairly familiar scenario. Mendonça Filho is once again great on the dialectics of class in Brazil and there are few films about older women as deeply sensitive and nuanced as this one. Another masterpiece.
[Not Even Ants] Aquarius: a Metronomy song; an astrological sign; a place for fishy fish and now an amazing film that plays homage to women, motherhood, memories, growing old, confronting greedy corporations, loving old bodies (from architecture's to the human body's), cars, beaches, buildings and music. velho vs vintage. Suruba vs Fine wine. Kleber um cineasta de futuro e do futuro.
Running at almost two and half hours, the film doesn't feel too long mostly because of Sonia Braga's magnetic presence. Her Clara is a complex lady that demands your attention at every look and gesture. A little too many moments lost re-enforcing just how smart/clever/poised the character is... but other than that, this was pretty marvellous to see.
Filho's film is a marvelous tale of a woman steadfast in her refusal to give up her apartment to urban renewal focusing on the importance of history and memory in our own living spaces. Sonia Braga is simply sublime in the film especially in a scene talking about a physical LP versus digital media which is lost on the person interviewing her. Film became a political hot potato at home.