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thumbnail The Invisible Life of Eurydice Gusmao (2019 Brazil)

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Director: Karim Aïnouz
Starring:  
Julia Stockler, Carol Duarte, Flávia Gusmão
Genre:
Melodrama
Duration:
141mins          Rated R

Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz took out Cannes’ prestigious Un Certain Regard prize with this exquisite tropical melodrama. The film opens in early 1950s Rio de Janeiro, picking up the story of virtuous teenage pianist Eurídice and her fun-loving older sister Guida. Their life-giving bond is severed when Guida takes off with her beau on a ship bound for Athens, leaving word she’ll return when she’s married. But he turns out to be a womanizing louse, so instead Guida comes back single and pregnant. Disowned by her father Manuel while her mother stands by helplessly, he lies to her that Euridice has left to study in Vienna, a cruel lie given how steadily that dream slips out of the aspiring pianist’s grasp. Circumstance keeps the sisters apart over the ensuing years, and the film follows their trials and tribulations as they try to find their way back to each other.

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