Invisible Life Parent Guide
Streaming on Amazon: This stamps a lot of Foreign Film Bingo squares: excessive sexual content, long runtime, and tragic character studies.
Parent Movie Review
Eurídice (Carol Duarte) and her sister Guida (Julia Stockler) have always been close. Coming of age in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1950s, they find themselves pulled down different paths: Guida runs off to Greece with a sailor, and Eurídice marries and continues to practice piano so she can apply to a musical conservatory in Austria. When Guida returns home pregnant, having left her scoundrel of a husband, her father (Antônio Fonseca) berates her and tells her never to come back. But Eurídice never gave up, and continues to look for her sister, never imagining that she has returned to Rio…
This stamps a lot of “foreign film bingo” squares: excessive sexual content, long runtime, and tragic character studies. It also doesn’t come with an English dub track (at least not on Amazon Prime, where I watched it), so unless you’re fluent in Portuguese, you’re going to have to deal with subtitles. I don’t mind them, but I know that’s a deal-breaker for some people.
Speaking of deal-breakers, this movie has a big one: the semi-constant sexual misadventures of the leads. If it were constrained to dialogue, it would be a lot more manageable, but I saw a lot more of the leads (and their partners) than I had any interest in seeing. Full-frontal male nudity is relatively uncommon in American films (outside of comedies), but it’s treated nonchalantly in many foreign films. Unless you’re teaching some bizarre sex-ed class, Invisible Life probably isn’t a great choice for family viewing.
The explicit sexual content is doubly unfortunate because the film is otherwise quite touching. Relationships between characters are complex and malleable and it’s very interesting to watch them develop. Carol Duarte and Julia Stockler are both superb, which only adds to the personal tragedy of their characters. The long, slow shots make this feel almost like a play – as does the runtime, which clocks in well over two hours.
This isn’t going to revolutionize your opinions about foreign films, but if that’s a genre you enjoy, and you’re comfortable with a higher-than-average number of graphic sex scenes, then you could do worse. At least Invisible Life has some genuinely thought-provoking and emotionally challenging themes, so it isn’t just Brazilian pay-per-view nudity. It’s emotionally fraught nudity - you know, the depressing kind.Directed by Karim Ainouz. Starring Julia Stockler, Carol Duarte, and Flávia Gusmão . Running time: 139 minutes. Theatrical release April 3, 2020. Updated April 10, 2020
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Invisible Life rated R? Invisible Life is rated R by the MPAA for strong sexual content/graphic nudity and some drug use.
Violence: A woman is shown bleeding after childbirth. A person is slapped across the face. An individual is shown with a burned hand.
Sexual Content: There are repeated instances where topless women are seen, as well as full frontal male and female nudity. There are repeated scenes depicting sex with varying degrees of nudity and detail. There are several conversations of an explicitly sexual nature. A woman is shown breastfeeding. There are implications of and references to prostitution.
Profanity: There is one use of scatological profanity and occasional terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are shown drinking and smoking cigarettes. Individuals are shown taking amyl nitrates. An individual is shown taking morphine for legitimate medical reasons.
Page last updated April 10, 2020
Invisible Life Parents' Guide
Why does Guida’s father behave the way he does? Have you ever become estranged from a family member? What could you do to repair the relationship?
A wise person once said “A person to be loved is always more important than a problem to be solved.” Does this advice resonate with you in any of your relationships?
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If you’re looking for more foreign films, Roma (the winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Oscars) follows the life of Cleo Gutierrez, a live-in housekeeper with a wealthy family in Mexico City. This is a Netflix production and is available on that platform.