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Vitalina Varela (2020)



Critic Consensus: Rigorous and beautifully composed, Vitalina Varela is a quietly absorbing drama whose placid surface belies hidden depths.

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Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old, Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon 3 days after her husband's funeral. She's been waiting for her plane ticket for more than 25 years.

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The enduring paradox of Costa's work is that this setting has its own irresistible glamour, reminiscent of fashion photography; the people he films are his models.

August 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Vitalina Varela is demanding, rewarding, and ineffably stirring.

March 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Almost all of the film takes place at night, except the very end, when there is daylight and even sunlight. The result is weirdly moving.

March 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Costa remains a master of digital chiaroscuro, of political ghost stories - and of the lives other films leave outside the frame.

March 4, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rich, mysterious, rigorous and generous.

March 4, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Costa rejects voyeurism and condescension in favor of a form of storytelling solidarity with his actors, one where there's no buffer of irony, no distancing effects.

February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
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