Aquarius ★★★★½

Kleber Mendonça Filho has made a wonderfully crafted, beautifully filmed portrait of an older woman. The character of Clara, carried by Sonia Braga's charisma, is so well-rounded and vibrant (and shown as sexually active!) that watching 2.5 hours of Aquarius feels like getting to know her, being offered a look into her life; a film that may easily have felt drawn out or dragging due to its length somehow remains captivating throughout.

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