One review on 16 Mar 2024

Brazil 2019

Running time: 139 mins

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao

A Vida Invisível

Director : Karim Aïnouz 

Setting: Rio de Janeriro
Original language: Portugese
Summary: Kept apart by a terrible lie and a conservative society, two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life each believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away.

Aspect Ratio: 2.39 (Bollywood)

Colour: Colour

Camera: Digital

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First Seen: Sat 16th Mar 2024
Catalogued: 17th Mar 2024


Euridice and Guida aged 18 & 20 in 1950 are close but separated by Guida running away from home with a sailor pregnant with his baby. Euridice gets married while dreaming of entering the Vienna Conservatory as a piano student - a dream that is destroyed by circumstances, while Guida returns home heavily pregant having discovered that sailors really do have a wife in every port only to be rejected and thrown out by her father.

Guida survives in poverty in Rio, while Euridice becomes a dutiful housewife and their parents age and die without ever either telling Euridice about Guida's return or allowing Guida to see them.

So the sisters grow families in Rio each believing that the other is living their dream in Austria or Greece. Guida writes t Euridice, but the letters are never forwarded, and Euradice hires a private eye to trace Guida with no success.

A resolution is provided at the end - but perhaps not the one we expected.


by Roger CO on Sat 16th Mar 2024 DVD proj @ home (Subtitled)

Brilliant Beautiful and a bit Tragic

Full review

A wonderfully crafted film and a good story set mostly in 1950's Rio with episodes from the parallel lives of two close sisters intertwined.

Excellent cinematography and music track to complement it. Very engrossing story as life evolves.