Sun 13 Oct

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series

63rd BFI London Film Festival

A Vida invisível de Eurîdice Gusmão


With English subtitles (EST)

Brazil-Germany | 2019 | Dir Karim Aïnouz | Prod Rodrigo Teixeira, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen | Scr Murilo Hauser | With Carol Duarte, Julia Stockler, Gregorio Duvivier

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While Eurídice hopes to escape strait-laced 1950s Rio through piano studies in Vienna, Guida’s bid for freedom is to elope to Athens with her lover. Things don’t work out as planned for either sister – not that they’re aware of each other’s progress, since the letters they write to one another over the years go unanswered… Predicated on one especially bitter and ironic twist of fate that keeps the siblings apart, Aïnouz’s wonderfully sympathetic portrait of two very different women is also a mordant study of a profoundly patriarchal society where dreams are routinely dashed and freedoms denied. Hélène Louvart’s striking cinematography and a very sensitive use of music eloquently evoke the sisters’ energies and emotions, while the performances are top-notch throughout.

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