MUN Cinema Series: Invisible Life
Thursday, Jan. 16, 7-9:20 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
Invisible Life (Brazil, Germany 2019) 139 min.
Directed by Karim Aïnouz
With Julia Stockler, Carol Duarte, Flávia Gusmão, António Fonseca et al.
Portuguese with English subtitles.
This remarkable achievement comes to us fresh from winning a huge prize at Cannes. The period is the Fifties, the place is Brazil, and the Gusmão sisters are completely inseparable—that is until fate sends them half a world apart. As close as they seem, they are also very different. Guida is older by a few years, fiery and passionate; Eurídice is more serious and contained. Guida runs off to pursue a guy, and so the two sisters start to write detailed letters to each other, letters that, tragically, never arrive at their intended destination. This is melodrama in its most excellent realization, the stuff of myth and classical narrative. The cinematography is superb, lush and provocative. And Rio de Janeiro has rarely looked so alluring.
Presented by MUN Cinema