Critical Fortune - Luiz Fernando Carvalho

8, Feb — 2024

In this sensorial, inventive adaptation of Clarice Lispector, a sculptor faces a tortuous existential horror

  • Cristina Álvarez López
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam

In Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s A paixão segundo G.H., Clarice Lispector’s highly philosophical prose finds a cinematic rendering that surpasses all expectations. G.H. is a well-off Brazilian sculptor who, one day, encounters a cockroach in her maid’s closet. Following this incident, she descends into unknown regions of her being. The breakdown – a sort of madness, but also a passion in the religious sense – strips all masks, undoes her completely, and leads her to a new experience of life. The film combines the confessional, the experimental and the psychological to achieve an existential horror with echoes of Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly (1961) and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965).

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