Aquarius ★★★★½

Mendonça Filho's densely expressive construction of atmosphere and distinctly controlled manifestation of space lend the film's layered study of the intrinsic unity between physical spaces and objects and identity and history an evocative quality that draws forth a tangible physicality and takes the questions of race, class, and real estate beyond mere political tract and into a deeply human, personal, and emotionally evocative realm. This humanist aspect is furthered by the intimate focus on Braga's character, rooting the socio-political in a character study of one woman's individual history, family, loves, experiences, and, very evocatively, the body, lending the film a tense urgency as economic adn societal trends are translated into personal attacks levied against Braga's character, her history, and her very identity.