Reactions to The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao proved to be yet another ‘hit’ with almost everyone at our latest screening (a small number of members objected to what they saw as ‘excessive’ sex) for an overall appreciation score of 84.6%. Some of the comments received:

  • Excellent performances and a carefully managed balance of melodrama and sensitivity.
  • A feast for all the senses. The female leads were terrific, fireworks extinguished by conservative mores and lies. It’s what the film society is for, loved it.
  • Bleak but beautifully told tale. Rarely have 2 hours passed so quickly.
  • Emotionally gripping from beginning to end.
  • A colourful and passionate story of two resilient women. Thank you for showing it I would not have found this film elsewhere.
  • Another remarkably poignant film. Such a strong portrayal of patriarchy!
  • I was gripped. Totally absorbed, didn’t feel long.
  • Brilliantly made … but subject matter I personally found upsetting.
  • What an amazing film – totally engrossed, beautiful filming.
  • I appreciate there were some weaknesses in the film-making, a simplistic gender dynamic being one, but overall it was a thought-provoking and emotive film well worth a ​five-star rating.
  • Best film I’ve seen this season.
  • I thought the raunchy alcohol fuelled sex scene after the wedding was hilarious!
  • Compelling.
  • Epic saga full of sadness – a classical tragedy.
  • Visually rich, difficult story well told, up to the lurch in time at the end.
  • Pretty gruelling in parts, particularly for women, but kept you guessing to the end … families!
  • I did shed a tear. A tragic yet poignant exploration of the love between two sisters in patriarchal subservience. Beautifully captured cinematography. I loved it.
  • A good story, quite emotional & so sad that the sisters never met later in life. Although it was a long film the time passed quickly.
  • I was initially worried about the length of the film but the narrative carried me along, I cared about the characters, and could almost feel and smell location through the textured and immersive direction, so much so that I forgot about the seats! Very enjoyable film.
  • Interesting story but too slow and too long.
  • Quite good but the ending would probably have been more coherent if the film hadn’t been cut by about half an hour.
  • Well photographed tedium – too obvious.