Vitalina Varela

critic Reviews

97% Fresh Tomatometer Score97%
  • Rigorous and beautifully composed, Vitalina Varela is a quietly absorbing drama whose placid surface belies hidden depths.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    Vitalina Varela is demanding, rewarding, and ineffably stirring.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    Almost all of the film takes place at night, except the very end, when there is daylight and even sunlight. The result is weirdly moving.
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    Mark AschLittle White Lies
    Rich, mysterious, rigorous and generous.
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    Dave WhiteTheWrap
    Costa rejects voyeurism and condescension in favor of a form of storytelling solidarity with his actors, one where there's no buffer of irony, no distancing effects.
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    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com
    A breathtakingly gorgeous movie about love, death, and immigration.
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    Ignatiy VishnevetskyAV Club
    [T]he surface quietudes, somnambulant movements, and rigors of a film like Vitalina Varela serve to turn every subtlety, every crinkling plastic bag and squeaky door, into a reverberating event.
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    Alex SavelievFilm Threat
    Vitalina Varela has so many resonant scenes like this that you're bound to walk away haunted by a few.
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    Wade MajorFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is a very artful, very methodical, slow and deliberately-paced look at the people of Cape Verde and their struggles.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCombustible Celluloid
    A masterfully composed film.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    Watching as Costa evades any kind of narrative artifice, we realize how daring the filmmaking is as a portrait of an all-enveloping mood.
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