By José Alberto Hermosillo
Life sets them apart, but their hearts remain together through the illusion of writing to each other. Those undelivered letters uphold the melodrama tight till the end as a thread of a very well-structured film.
Furthermore, in the story, the parents force Euricide to marry a man who doesn’t care for her vocation. Eurídice’s strain continues rehearsing and improving herself for the long-awaited audition.
Guida returns to her parent’s house with her broken dreams and an advanced pregnancy, forcing her to live in the streets.
At that time, women couldn’t aspire for higher education or better-paying jobs in their society, and Sexism suppressed many women’s dreams, goals, and desires.
The sisters’ experience can be compared to our mother's and grandmother's lives, who didn’t have the opportunities they deserved. They could be famous if they were only allowed to fulfill their dreams.
“Invisible Life” is a well-told family melodrama with social and political substance, transcending to our days in defense of women’s emancipation, if we can read between the lines.
Born in Fortaleza, Brazil, Aïnouz was inspired partly by the courage and the spirit of his single mother’s survival.
|Invisible Life, still photo ©2019 Amazon Original.|
The film’s editing elongates the flow of the story and can be confusing if we don’t follow the family tree line carefully. Still, the project is enjoyable, regardless of other criticism and respectable points of view.
“Invisible Life” can be compared with other compelling and classic melodramas such as the Best Picture winner “Rebecca” by Alfred Hitchcock, “Imitation of Life” by Douglas Sirk, “Like Water for Chocolate” by Alfonso Arau, and “All About My Mother” by Pedro Almodóvar.
|Invisible Life, Italian poster.|
The Brazilian melodrama won Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2019, the CineCoPro Award at the Munich Film Festival, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
The timing of this engaging melodrama couldn’t be any better as we see today’s women pushing barriers that limited previous generations from accomplishing their goals and reaching out for more opportunities, leaving behind the oppressive world remarkably and exquisitely depicted in “Invisible Life.”
|Jose Alberto Hermosillo, film critic. Karim Aïnouz, director of "Invisible Life." ©2019 Festival in LA|