"A sensuous memory piece about the meanings we invest in places, objects, and music; and a lovingly tailored vehicle for the ever luminous Sonia Braga."
—Dennis Lim, Artforum
This Spirit Award Nominee for Best International Film (Brazil) made Cahiers du Cinema's Top 10 Films of 2016 list and director Kleber Mendonça Filho was named one of Variety's 10 Directors to Watch. The film, although not overtly political in subject matter, has become a battle cry for protest against the Brazilian government, after the filmmakers stepped out on the red carpet in Cannes in May, with signs denouncing the movement to impeach the Brazilian president.
"A career-defining performance by the great Sônia Braga - weathered, proud, sensuous, fragile - captivates and brings us into her world."
—Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
"SONIA BRAGA IS STUPENDOUS IN AQUARIUS. BLAZINGLY INTELLIGENT, FUNNY, DIGNIFIED AND SEXY-AS-HELL."
—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
In AQUARIUS, acclaimed Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho (NEIGHBORING SOUNDS) continues to examine the alienating effects of urban over-development in Recife, a Brazilian oceanfront city. Clara (Sônia Braga, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN, DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS), a vibrant former music critic, avid swimmer, grandmother, cancer survivor, willing lover and widow with flowing tresses, is the only remaining apartment owner in a gracious older building targeted for demolition by ruthless luxury high-rise developers. As the builders tactics to remove Clara, become increasingly hostile, Clara proves to be a force to be reckoned with.
Mendonça Filho critiques life in contemporary Brazil, ranging from issues of social class, to the mistrust of government, to ageism, nepotism and corporate corruption, while looking fondly at the music, the places and the objects that we come to cherish in a very personal way. In AQUARIUS, this history encapsulated in a dwelling, that in and of itself, has been a silent witness to a woman's entire life.
"Mendonça Filho has crafted a suspenseful drama about our relationship to the physical world. In doing so, he has given the inimitable Braga one of the finest roles of her storied career."
—Diana Sanchez, TIFF
An official selection of the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.