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Vitalina Varela Reviews

August 6, 2020
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.
March 26, 2020
Vitalina Varela is demanding, rewarding, and ineffably stirring.
March 5, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2020
Costa remains a master of digital chiaroscuro, of political ghost stories - and of the lives other films leave outside the frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2020
Rich, mysterious, rigorous and generous.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 21, 2020
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
A breathtakingly gorgeous movie about love, death, and immigration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 20, 2020
[T]he surface quietudes, somnambulant movements, and rigors of a film like Vitalina Varela serve to turn every subtlety, every crinkling plastic bag and squeaky door, into a reverberating event.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 20, 2020
It's essential cinema.
February 10, 2020
Spectacular images, ideas, emotions, and performances are embedded in the lugubrious pace and tone of Pedro Costa's modernist fusion of classic melodrama and documentary.
February 6, 2020
Your eyes drift toward every beam of light, every carefully placed pool of illumination in this grimly beautiful nightscape, the latest work by an artist who has found, in darkness, a remarkable new way of seeing.
September 7, 2019
With such intense chiaroscuro, its images can prove heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 17, 2019
Only the powerful screen presence of the lead, whose life story this is, saves this punishingly dark work from drowning in its own purposeful opacity.
August 16, 2019
Another lyrical vision of somber people confronting their past.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 15, 2019
Even if audiences find themselves adrift in the convolutions of the screenplay's non-linear narrative, there are near-incessant compensations in the form of Leonardo Simoes' cinematography.