Seeing the two women, [Vanda’s character Clotilde and real life-named Clotilde Montron], together in Pedro Costa’s Ossos is striking – the unkempt unwashed hair, the ungroomed eyebrows, the upper lip hair, lack of even natural cinematic makeup – help establish the elements of realism. Both are gender ambiguous to the typical spectator, illustrating the expectancy of gender performance for women in cinema, as well as the expectation of the operation of the gender binary (women are clearly demarcated as “feminine” cis females). I would even say that Vanda’s challenging of this expectation is what makes her so “dangerous” [as Costa described her]. This refreshing imagery, coupled with the unapologetic look of confidence Duarte exudes when Clotilde and Tina dress for work as housemaids, reinforces why Duarte is so magnetic and fascinating to observe. The contrast of her more delicately-featured friend does nothing to deter her confidence, which makes the description “total lack of respect” further apply to gendered beauty standards. More than this, Vanda represents a woman often not seen in cinema: a woman unconcerned with expected gender performance and appearance.
— Apexa M. - Vanda’s Resistance: Exploration of Vanda Duarte in Pedro Costa’s Fontainhas trilogy | FilmAntidote.com