Aquarius

Aquarius ★★★★

Sônia Braga is more in command of the screen than any actress of 2016 -- her performance burns with such pure emotion that one must wonder whether this film was a personal vendetta of her and director Kleber Mendonça Filho against state injustice.

Throughout the film, we join Braga on her quest to retain her apartment in the face of pressure from a wealthy construction company to sell it in order for the company to turn the complex into a more modern and lucrative apartment complex. The spectacular use of music, powerful performances, and brilliant editing make for one of the best cinematic experiences of 2016.