Vitalina Varela

critic Reviews

, 98% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Rigorous and beautifully composed, Vitalina Varela is a quietly absorbing drama whose placid surface belies hidden depths.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    The enduring paradox of Costa's work is that this setting has its own irresistible glamour, reminiscent of fashion photography; the people he films are his models.
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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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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    Costa remains a master of digital chiaroscuro, of political ghost stories - and of the lives other films leave outside the frame.
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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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    Paula Arantzazu RuizCinemanía (Spain)
    With Vitalina Varela [director Pedro] Costa has reached a new zenith. [Full review in Spanish]
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    A.S. HamrahThe Baffler
    There is a reason there are not many films like this. Vitalina Varela is so uncompromising and so concentrated that it threatens to absorb the projector beam...
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    Dustin ChangScreenAnarchy
    Director Pedro Costa's film is stunning to behold.
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    Josh LarsenLarsenOnFilm
    ...a work of astonishing visual richness, boasting a depth of dark and light, a fullness of color, and an exquisite care for composition.
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