Invisible Life ★★★★½

It's the 1950's. Two sisters are torn apart when their father banishes one of them for eloping and having a child out of wedlock. They live separate lives, hoping to see each other again. As I was watching this, it kind of feels like reading an amazing Latin-American novel with its sprawling narrative and its compelling characters. The characters this time are two sisters who were torn apart by the tyranny of patriarchal attitudes. It features beautiful performances by the entire cast including Fernanda Montenegro in a small but unforgettable role. The direction by Karim Aïnouz is assured and the cinematography is vibrant. Now I know why this film was picked over Bacurau to represent Brazil at the Oscars this year. It's one of this year's best.