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Aquarius (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 September 2016 (Brazil)
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Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-storey ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sônia Braga ... Clara (as Sonia Braga)
Maeve Jinkings ... Ana Paula
Irandhir Santos ... Roberval
Humberto Carrão ... Diego
Zoraide Coleto Zoraide Coleto ... Ladjane
Carla Ribas ... Cleide
Fernando Teixeira Fernando Teixeira ... Geraldo
Buda Lira Buda Lira ... Antonio
Paula De Renor Paula De Renor ... Fátima (as Paula de Renor)
Barbara Colen ... Clara em 1980 (as Bárbara Colen)
Daniel Porpino Daniel Porpino ... Adalberto / Rodrigo
Pedro Queiroz Pedro Queiroz ... Tomás
Germano Melo Germano Melo ... Martin
Julia Bernat Julia Bernat ... Julia
Thaia Perez Thaia Perez ... Tia Lucia em 1980
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Storyline

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-storey 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.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Brazil | France

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1 September 2016 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquarius See more »

Filming Locations:

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

BRL 2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,129, 16 October 2016

Gross USA:

$285,930
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the film's premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the cast and crew the film staged a protest against the allegedly illegitimate impeachment of then Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. They held signs reading "Brazil is experiencing a coup d'etat" and "54,501,118 votes set on fire!", a move which has generated both praise and calls for boycotts, a measure of the political division Brazil was experiencing. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Clara: So when you like it, it's vintage; when you don't like it, it's old. Is that right? You guys don't know what it's like to feel crazy without being crazy and that the madness is out there, don't you? Another thing that's really crazy around here is that we're talking about money.
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Connections

References Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Hoje
Written by Taiguara (as Taiguara Chalar da Silva)
Performed by Taiguara
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Very well-acted
24 December 2016 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

This is a very interesting film. I didn't really know anything about it and I found its narrative structure and plot pretty minimalist but still very impactful for its characters and for its themes. There seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding the film and its nonselection as the Best Foreign Language Film by its country into the Oscar category. I do hope that all of that controversy doesn't end up hurting the film in terms of viewership. The biggest reason to see this is probably Sonia Braga's performance. On the surface it doesn't really look like a particularly demanding or challenging role, but to say that would also be to discount and diminish the power on the things she does throughout. More than anything, it's an intriguing performance and the film is definitely recommended.


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