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The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

Drama The year is 1950. Classical piano prodigy Eurídice (Carol Duarte) dreams of studying at the Vienna Conservatory. Her sister, Guida (Julia Stockler), however, is the first of the siblings to make it to Europe, albeit fleetingly: after having eloped with a Greek sailor, Guida soon returns to Rio de Janeiro pregnant and alone, unbeknownst to Eurídice. Kept apart by a terrible lie, years pass as the two sisters forge their respective paths ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States
Guy Lodge
"A nourishing melodrama elevated by Karim Aïnouz's singular, saturated directorial style."  POS
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David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
"Its supple moods are far more complex than that narrative core might suggest, winding through passages by turns seductive and sorrowful, tender and raw."  POS
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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
"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."  POS
United StatesUnited States
Ben Kenigsberg
"The question of how 'The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão' will resolve itself keeps the movie continually absorbing and suspenseful. The film's fatal flaw is that it doesn't seem to know the answer."  NEU
United StatesUnited States
Glenn Kenny
The New York Times
"Its mix of vivid period detail and raw frankness about sexuality and poverty and women’s oppression is heady and bracing"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Lee Marshall
"Melodrama is a neglected genre, often delivered with a post-modern twist these days (...) Aïnouz proves in this stirring, heart-wrenching period film that it can be served straight up and still work a treat."  POS
United StatesUnited States
John Serba
"It deserves any accolade it gets. It’s a stunner."  POS
Kaleem Aftab
"Aïnouz ramps up the melodrama in his adaptation of Martha Batalha’s novel (...) It is classic storytelling that will delight those who like their dramas full of twists and turns"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Bradley Warren
The Playlist
"Duarte is a highlight in the title role, her vibrant performance inflected with humor and warmth that keeps the proceedings from being overly suffocating."  POS
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Leonardo Goi
The Film Stage
"An achingly beautiful tale (...) [By the end] you realize you haven’t just watched two characters grow onscreen, but have fought and grown with them along the way."  POS
Chaka V. Grier
Now Toronto
"An odd melodrama, reliant on a profound sisterhood that never feels genuine (...) [It] merely sensationalizes womanhood"  NEG
Ernesto Zelaya Miñano
Screen Anarchy
"It’s pure melodrama, but the director has enough experience to avoid over-the-top histrionics; this is well-told story that earns its emotional moments"  POS
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