Clara, a 65-year-old widow, has lived in a beautiful beachside house in Recife for a long time. This is the place where her memories lay: here she lived with her now deceased husband, raised her children, was diagnosed with breast cancer and beat it, here she still goes for a swim in the sea every morning. It’s where she wants to stay for the rest of her life. Then a real estate company approaches Clara and offers to buy her apartment. Her neighbours have all already sold theirs. Clara turns down the offer, but the developers have set their sights on the property and do not hesitate to resort to dirty tricks to get what they want. Clara, however, won’t be intimidated.
With Aquarius Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho – a guest at WCA in 2012 with his debut film Neighboring Sounds – shows what’s wrong in Brazilian society, but above all his film is a beautiful portrait of a vulnerable but also strong woman, incomparably played by star actress Sonia Braga.