The Invisible Life (A vida invisível de eurídice gusmão) | Denver Film Society | Karim Aïnouz | Brazil

The Invisible Life

A vida invisível de eurídice gusmão

Karim Aïnouz

PortugueseBrazil2019139 min

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Overview

Based on a darkly comic novel by Martha Bathala, this splashy Brazilian period drama follows two sisters struggling to forge their own paths against all odds—and their conservative family’s expectations—in 1940s Rio de Janeiro.


Piano prodigy Eurídice wants to pursue a career in music at the Vienna Conservatory; her rebellious younger sister Guida dreams of seeing the world. But their cruel father has other ideas: In his view, women are meant to be virtuous wives and mothers, nothing else. So when Guida runs away with a sailor only to come home abandoned and pregnant, she is banished for disgracing the family name. Meanwhile, her heartbroken sister Eurídice sacrifices her ambitions to marry a man who turns out to be much like her father.


From the opening scene in which the girls search for one another in the Amazon jungle to the score of moody compositions by Liszt and Chopin, director/co-writer Karim Aïnouz captures the sense of yearning that permeates the lives of his heroines. For its rich tapestry of performances, unfolding against the most sensuous of backdrops, The Invisible Life won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year.


Sponsored by Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media

Producer: Viola Fügen, Rodrigo Teixeira, Michael Weber | Cinematographer: Hélène Louvart | Screenwriter: Murilo Hauser, Inés Bortagaray, Karim Aïnouz, Martha Batalha
Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Carol Duarte, Gregório Duvivier, Julia Stockler, António Fonseca

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