A film by Kleber Mendonça Filho

Cast: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos

Clara, a middle-aged widowed a former music critic who is retired is fighting a ruthless property firm for ownership of her lifelong beachside apartment.

The film open on a flash back in the 80’s where clara was younger with her husband and kid where she just survive breast cancer and left her with a scar. the next thing is 2016 she is still in the same apartment but a firm wants her out and makes an offer that clare refused to look at. There is a scene where clara is interview by a journalist where she is lecturing her  about the way in which a record can hold a history. it is the scene that will throw the film off balance from the theme of it and Kleber Mendonça Filho gets away with it. Here is a woman who’s has such a force not to be reckoned with. Braga here shine in the role of Clara she throws is quite an unbelievable performance and Kleber Mendonça Filho makes the most of it doing some great close up so we can absorb her facial expression. The tension is rising very slowly here until the end where it is going to blow but not quite like you think it is going to go. The ambience of the film is superb here. Filho does a great job here to make the most of his actresses and is  a thrilling, thoroughly engaging, and fascinating piece of cinema.