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Invisible Life(A Vida Invisível)

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Brazil · 2019
Rated R · 2h 19m
Director Karim Aïnouz
Starring Carol Duarte, Julia Stockler, Fernanda Montenegro, Gregório Duvivier
Genre Drama

Born in Rio during the 1940s, two close-knit but very different sisters are kept apart from one another by a terrible lie and a conservative society. The film follows the estranged siblings over the course of their lives as each struggles to make a life for herself despite the period's restrictive expectations for women.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by

Through a richly layered lens of myth-building and melodrama, Ainouz manages to capture the heartbreak, solitude and resilience of women on the verge.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Invisible Life is a heady blend of the casual, the sorrowful, the near-mythical, and the carnally explicit — never more so, be warned, than on Eurídice’s wedding night.


The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

The lustrous textures, boldly saturated colors and lush sounds of The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao serve to intensify the intimacy of Karim Ainouz's gorgeous melodrama about women whose independence of mind remains undiminished, even as their dreams are shattered by a stifling patriarchal society.


The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

There’s such a disconcerting rush of lush imagery and action in the first 40 minutes or so of “Invisible Life” that one is apt to wonder whether there’s any kind of focused narrative. But the casual misdirection is setting the viewer up for an emotional kill.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Anyone already familiar with Aïnouz’s work will know to expect a florid sensory experience, but even by the Brazilian’s standards, this heartbroken tale of two sisters separated for decades by familial shame and deceit is a waking dream, saturated in sound, music and color to match its depth of feeling.


Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

It’s a drama of resilient women, thoughtless men and crushingly unrealized dreams, told with supple grace, deep feeling and an empathy that extends in every direction.


Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

Melodrama is a neglected genre, often delivered with a post-modern twist these days. Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz proves in this stirring, heart-wrenching period film that it can be served straight up and still work a treat.

100 by Tomris Laffly

Lush melodramas are a dying breed, especially masterful ones like Karim Aïnouz’s Invisible Life that wear Douglas Sirkian genre conventions on their sleeve proudly and abundantly.

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