The Invisible Life of Eurydice Gusmão

A “tropical melodrama” is the chosen keyword to define Brazilian melancholic movie The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao which reminds Greek myth of Euridice and Orpheus. And, Brazilians call melancholy as saudade. Even though, the movie is a story of intensive emotions of two sisters to each other portrayed through music and colour in a machista culture, The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao can be seen as a resistance of women to this culture at the same time.

Euridice and Guida are two sisters strongly connected to each other and live in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s. While Euridice wants to go to Vienna to join conservatory to become a pianist, Guida desires to travel around the world. But two sisters will be separated from each other as a result of their father’s lie when Guida returns home with a son. While, Guida thinks that her sister in Vienna, Euridice gets married and has a son, too. But, she will find the support in needy not from his husband but from a prostitute; an Angel of the slums. While the story follows through Guida’s one-sided letters to her sister, in time these letters turn into a diary.

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Karim Ainouz

Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize
Denver Special Mention
Munich CineCoPro Award
Valladolid Best Actress
Valladolid Best Film
Valladolid Fipresci Prize

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