What’s on TV Friday: ‘Invisible Life’ and ‘Home Before Dark’

What’s on TV Friday: ‘Invisible Life’ and ‘Home Before Dark’

INVISIBLE LIFE (2019) Stream on Amazon. Two inseparable sisters are torn apart in “Invisible Life,” a drama from the Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz. Based on a popular novel by Martha Batalha and set in early 1950s Rio de Janeiro, the film begins by introducing the siblings, their tight relationship and their differing desires. Guida (Julia Stockler) has fallen for a Greek sailor; Eurídice (Carol Duarte) wants to pursue a career as a pianist. Then Guida elopes, Eurídice is pushed to marry and it becomes unclear whether the sisters will ever see each other again. That separation is largely due to their father, who lies to keep them apart. The film won the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and has done well with critics. In his review for The New York Times, Glenn Kenny called it “a modern melodrama that’s proud to be one,” adding that the film’s “mix of vivid period detail and raw frankness about sexuality and poverty and women’s oppression is heady and bracing; its depiction of female friendship and love is pointedly ferocious.”

HOME BEFORE DARK Stream on Apple TV Plus. “I’m a reporter,” Hilde, the main character of this new series, says in the show’s opening minutes. “I know it seems weird, but I’ve been like this for as long as I can remember.” That can’t be very long: She’s still in elementary school. Based loosely on the life of the young journalist Hilde Lysiak, “Home Before Dark” stars Brooklynn Prince (“The Florida Project”) as Hilde Lisko, a girl who, inspired by her reporter father (played by Jim Sturgess), gets an early start on a career in journalism — and eventually breaks open a cold case in a small town.

DISHING WITH JULIA CHILD 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Watch famous chefs watch Julia Child make food in this series, which has cooks like José Andrés, Carla Hall, Marcus Samuelsson and Vivian Howard give commentary on vintage TV footage of Child, and discuss Child’s influence. “She’s making it look very approachable,” Howard says in the second episode, as Child handles bread dough. “Like Tuesday afternoon.”

TOP GUN (1986) 8 p.m. on AMC. What’s the ultimate balm for being stuck inside? Maybe it’s a nature documentary. Maybe it’s a travel show. Or perhaps it’s “Top Gun,” Tony Scott’s soaring (and unhinged) action blockbuster, filled with open blue sky and flattering shots of Tom Cruise. Cruise plays a cocky combat pilot, a role he’s set to reprise later this year in “Top Gun: Maverick.” This original “Top Gun” is “stupid,” Manohla Dargis observed in a recent article in The Times. “But it’s rarely boring,” she added, “and it can be irresistible. Watching it yet again, I was struck by the pictorial elegance and dynamism of the aerial sequences. They’re hypnotic, and I would have happily watched more looping, zooming action.”


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