The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão)


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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
¡Viva el Cine!
Running Time:139 min.
Director:Karim Aïnouz
Producer:Rodrigo Teixeira
Michael Weber
Viola Fügen
Screenwriter:Karim Aïnouz
Murilo Hauser
Inés Bortagaray
Cinematographer:Hélène Louvart
Editor:Heike Parplies
Cast:Carol Duarte
Julia Stockler
Gregório Duvivier
Bárbara Santos
Fernanda Montenegro
Print Source:Amazon Studios
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


Visually sumptuous and precisely detailed, Karim Aïnouz's moving melodrama details the life of two sisters in 1950s Rio de Janeiro. In their youth, Guida and Eurídice are inseparable. But when Guida ends up pregnant, their father kicks the young woman out as she bellows, "You'll never see me again." Talented pianist Eurídice, meanwhile, hopes for a spot at a prestigious conservatory, but she too finds her dreams thwarted by a system that discourages female progress. The tragic heart of the film, which shifts back and forth between the sisters' respective lives, is that each believes that the other is living out her dreams abroad. Instead, they both remain in Rio, battling the oppressive patriarchy that prevents either of them from reaching their ambitions. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes and Brazil’s official Oscar® submission, The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão is by turns sensuous and heartbreaking, fueled by impassioned performances and a visual palette so tropical that the screen nearly sweats.