Retired music critic Clara lives in the Aquarius apartment building which sits on the oceanfront in Recife, Brazil. Clara’s family have owned the apartment for decades, and all she wants is to spend the rest of her days there, entertaining, playing records and enjoying the ocean. But an enterprising real estate development company have been buying up the other apartments in the building, and soon Clara is the only impediment to the building being knocked down and replaced by luxury condos. Clara, however, isn’t going down without a fight, money and intimidation be damned.
Kleber Mendonça Filho’s AQUARIUS is a pointed broadside against out-of-control urban development that disregards the needs of communities and the preservation of history, and in the character of Clara – a magnificent, career-defining performance from Sonia Braga – gives audiences an unconventional heroine who will bring you to your feet to applaud her tenacity and unwillingness to bow before big business.
Portuguese language, English subtitles
Release Date: February 23, 2017
Running time: 2hrs 26mins