Synopsis: Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Boa Viagem Avenue, Recife. All the neighboring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future.
Genre: Drama
Production: Vitagraph Films
  33 wins & 36 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
146 min

Part 1 :

Clara's Hair


I brought this song.

And i think you'll like it.

What is it?

-Let me play it, man.

-You're so curious.

Let's see how good

your stereo is.

I'm playing it loud, alright?

Go ahead, play it loud.

It will be loud.

Hold on there, Martin and Isabela.

That sounds good.

I like it.

What about this brother of mine?

Well, he's good-looking, smart,

funny, good in bed...

What more could i want?

OK, then!

You two make a great couple.

So far so good.

We should go.

Antonio, let's go!

Oh God, there's Adalberto,

uptight as always.

How'd it go?

It was so cooll

We went down to the beach...

Yeah, but listen.

You took your time, some

people want to leave already.

Alright, i'll go get

the kids and...

-I'll take Seu Z a little dish.


Go ahead.


Carry on.


Some goodies from the party.

Thank you.

Come by later on, OK?

Will do.

Fernando, Fernando, Luiz

Fernando and Julia, let's go!

Come sing Happy Birthday,

come on.

But we're in the middle of the game!

You can continue later, let's go.

Let's go.

Aunt Lucia,

it's not everyday that

someone turns 70.

I don't know if you

feel your age

or if you're the way

we think you are:

a 70-year-old girl.

I'm twelve

and i remember you taking us,

your great-nieces and nephews,

still young, to the Jaqueira

amusement park

to have ice cream at the FriSabor,

and to the So Luiz cinema.

You are the best

aunt we could ever have.

Aunt Lucia was a f-firecracker,

IS a fire-, is a firecracker.

She was volleyball and ping-pong

champion at the Portuguese Club.

She played guitar, piano,

and violin when she was young,

and pertormed many times at

the St. lzabel Theater.

She begins her life as

a university student at 18,

where she got into the law program

at the Pernambuco Federal,

in the year 1931,

kicking off a victorious career

which made her name synonomous

with determination in her field

in our state

at a time when few women

would attend higher education,

and where few would work

in the field of law and letters.

No, there's more

After living and studying

in So Paulo in the 40s,

Aunt Lucia came back

to Pernambuco.

She went to work in the

countryside, in the 60s,

a difficult time for her, for

her family, and for the country.

She was persectued and

even went to prison,

We are very proud of

your journey, Aunt Lucia.

Aunt Lucia's life could fill a book,

a film or a song,

and here we wish you health, happiness,

and propose a toast to you.

To our dear Aunt Lucia!

Go Aunt Lucia!

You forgot or skipped the

sexual revolution

Just kidding, no

I'm very touched. Really. Truly.

But now i want to say

something that was left out,

that you didn't say,

but l'm going to.

You mentioned a number

of things i did,

and which were part

of my life.

But you forgot to

mention Augusto.

Augusto was my partner.

I really liked him.

It was true love.

Augusto passed away,

oh six years now.

He was my partner

for more than 30 years.

He was a very good man.

We never got married because

I think some of you know,

he was already married.

Well, what are you gonna do?

Nobody's pertect.

And today, which is my birthday,

I'd like to propose

a toast to Augusto.

Thank you all very much.

It's hard to top

Aunt Lucia's

sensational words.

But i'm going to say something.

It's quick, but i'm going to say it.

I'm not a religious man,

but i want to say

thank you anyway.

You all know 1979 was not

an easy year here at home.

We went through some really tough

times with Clara's illness,

This woman i love so much.

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Kleber Mendonça Filho

Kleber Mendonça Filho (born 1968) is a Brazilian film director, screenwriter, producer, and critic. more…

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