The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão by Karim Aïnouz is an early Christmas present for lovers of stylized, colourful melodrama that can be interpreted as a denunciation of the patriarchy.
Due to the vile manipulations of their misogynistic father, two sisters live completely separate lives in Brazil in the 1950s. The plot is rich in adversity, tragedy, and misery. Potentially great lives are stifled in invisibility. The somewhat simplistic depiction of patriarchal repression is the Achilles’ heel of this melodrama, but the wondrous beauty of the cinematography and the emotions that run high captivate and compel you nonetheless.