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Vitalina Varela Reviews

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March 5, 2020
Everyone is hitting their marks just so, in order to create the perfect doorway silhouette and such -- the kind of thing that has vast power in a still photograph but somehow loses its magic when you see exactly what went into it.
March 5, 2020
Costa's earlier films have shown how his country's history has left Cabo Verdeans wounded in ways that even he still struggles to understand. Vitalina Varela emphasizes that, even among the people connected by this collective experience...
July 16, 2020
Director Pedro Costa's film is stunning to behold.
March 4, 2020
Pedro Costa leads his audience through seven shades of hell with a quietly intense journey into grief, faith and memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 1, 2020
It feels strange to say that Vitalina Varela is a visually stunning film because what it depicts is an ugly failing of people. It's a film submerged in regret, remorse, anger, and in some ways a faint light of hope (but just faint).
March 31, 2020
Vitalina Varela has so many resonant scenes like this that you're bound to walk away haunted by a few.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
April 13, 2020
In Vitalina Varela, we venture through the slums of Lisbon, where the locals shower in sewers and the camera bathes in darkness. It's a world where every ray of light grabs your attention; every frame recalls the silhouetted figures of Rembrandt.
October 29, 2019
Masters of the elegiac need not measure every somber sigh. In this Portuguese drama, Costa proves his immense talent for matching the esoteric with the human.
September 8, 2019
With Vitalina Varela, Costa asks if we can still feel the presence of the dead. Can we talk to them? Can we touch them? And if we can't, why can't we stop longing to?
March 5, 2020
A mesmerizing, profoundly moving film.
October 30, 2020
The cinematography is other worldly. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 8, 2020
It's a relentlessly grim tale of immigration, suffering, and loneliness that deserves to be contemplated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 10, 2019
Costa films his characters, more than ever, with the same reverence that the saints inspire in religious paintings. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 29, 2019
Vitalina is a deepening of [Horse Money] as well as something of a departure for the director.
March 4, 2020
A work of astonishing aesthetic beauty, made up of static compositions and use of chiaroscuro that recalls the Dutch masters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 12, 2020
With Vitalina Varela [director Pedro] Costa has reached a new zenith. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 30, 2020
Vitalina Varela isn't going to be for everyone as a result. It might be slow moving, but it's emotionally profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 26, 2020
It is a rich viewing experience during a period with a dearth of them, especially when the final image - ironic, jarring, and sad - is revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 15, 2020
Vitalina Varela is essential filmmaking from an essential filmmaker, and maybe the way Costa and Varela explore grief's every nook and cranny will yield unexpected relief from our own.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.3/10
October 25, 2019
Here is the new masterpiece of an artist committed to the greatness of cinema and the human spirit. [Full review in Spanish]
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