Movie Review – Aquarius (2016)

Aquarius, 2016.

Directed by Kleber Mendonca Filho.

Starring Sonia Braga, Humberto Carrao, Zoraide Coleto, Irandhir Santos, and Maeve Jinkings.


Retired music critic Clara is a survivor. She’s come through breast cancer and the death of her husband, and now she faces the prospect of her much-loved home being taken away from her when a property company wants to redevelop the site. But she has no plans to move.

Whatever you do, don’t pigeon hole Aquarius as a grey market movie. True, the central character is over the age of 50 but you’d never see her in the likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or any film made with mature audiences in mind. This is no soft-focussed view of an older person. Like Bette Davis said, “old age isn’t for cissies.”

And Clara (Sonia Braga) is certainly no cissie. In her mid-60s, retired and widowed, she’s sharply intelligent,
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